Judging a Book By Its Cover

August 21, 2014 4:31 PM

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Judging a Book By Its Cover

My passion for books is not just for the content, but the experience of the physical object itself. What appeals most is the tactile and visual quality, and how the message is communicated through the medium of print. Bookbinding is a craft that responds to the inherent brief of the content; individually produced, copies are the ultimate in limited hand-made editions. It is hardly surprising that they are regarded by some as the holy grail of book collecting.

InsideOUT, an ambitious undertaking, involved 34 binders from the UK's Designer Bookbinders society 25 North American bookbinders. It showcases their response to titles and material supplied by private presses from both sides of the Atlantic. But what is unusual about this exhibition is that it brea...

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