These books were bound for and are bound for the Los Angeles Printers Fair on October 5th at the International Printing Museum in Carson. This is the first year I'll be participating in this show--I've been to it before, but never taken a table. I'm excited to not only meet the people who are coming to the fair, but also the other book, print and letterpress vendors.
The book above has antique tin types for covers. The signatures are wrapped with French pages from an 18th century book, and they're bound with a coptic stitch. The inside pages are light denim blue handmade paper from Hook Pottery Paper. Whenever I buy tin types at flea markets, my husband has the first right of refusal. He collects tin types mostly from the Civil War era, so any from that time go to him first. If we had had a pre-nup, that probably would have been in there.
This one is a soft leather journal made from beautiful embossed leather. It's sewn with a longstitch combined with a French stitch, and has a buckle closure. There are 60 pages inside, and the paper is mid-weight, slightly textured handmade paper from Hiromi.
Above is a one-signature, pamphlet-sewn notebook decorated with patchworked text pages from various 18th century French books, so probably cotton or linen paper. Inside are 20 pages of smooth ivory paper, and sturdy linen bookcloth covers the back and part of the front.
Looking at these, one thing becomes apparent: I need to do something in color!! That said, I hope to see you at the Printers Fair!