cover of the Deluxe Edition of the catalog is adapted from the 1914
Rockwell Kent design on Architec-tonics. The image is printed on canvas on an Epson
R1800 in six colors with archival ink, overstamped in 22K gold on a
10-ton Kensol hot stamping press. Each panel was sprayed with UV
filtering clear finish and lacquer prior to stamping.
to register the gold stamping properly four dots were printed on each
panel outside the image area. Holes were pierced in the canvas at
each dot, and a jig was made using push-pins that held the printed canvas
in the precise location in the Kensol press. This was an adaptation of
the method used on hand presses since the 15th century (or so) to
register pages on the tympan.
"case" is made separately and covered in Japanese bookcloth.
The finished print is then trimmed to size and glued into a recessed panel in the
front cover using Jade 403 PVA and pressed. A piece of binder's board
cut to the size of the recess is placed over the panel and the cover is
inserted in a nipping press for three seconds.
of the book are printed on 13" x 19" sheets in the Epson
R1800. Each sheet of paper has to be hand fed, one sheet at a
time. It takes 15 minutes to print each sheet on both sides. The folded sheet makes
four pages of the book, and 3 folded sheets are assembled into a 12-page
section, or signature. The book has 9 signatures.
sections are then hand sewn with beeswaxed 18/3 Irish linen thread onto linen
tapes. Below is a stack of six books sewn onto the tapes.
are then pulled through, allowing enough for each book's attachment to
the covers, and are cut apart.
Endpapers are added and
each book is trimmed in a 19" Challenge hand-lever paper
guillotine, then rounded and backed with a hammer. The edges are hand gilded with
Armenian bole and 23K Manetti gold leaf.
are added at the ends of the spine, the spine is lined with mull that
extends an inch or so on either side of the spine (for reinforcing the
cover attachment) and a hollow paper tube of Canson Mi-teintes is glued
to the spine. The hollow back is then glued to the spine strip of the
and the endpapers are pasted down (open) onto the insides of the case.
The book is placed between grooving
boards in the Bertrand Frères percussion press. During this operation
acid-free blotter and a polyester moisture barrier are placed between
the pastedown and the free endpaper.
finished book is wrapped in a cloth dust jacket and inserted into its
slipcase, which has thumb cuts for easy removal of the book. Every
operation in the production of this edition was done by Richard Minsky,
except the slipcases, which were made by Michael Roger Press in