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and I fell out of love with printing…..
April 25, 2013, 10:45 am
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I didn’t mean to fall out of love but I did, and my press is in the kitchen and I ignore it, I live around it, me and the press in the kitchen, it’s squatting, it’s the proverbial in the proverbial.

I think everyday for the past six months now I have had ‘nod’ in it’s direction, I had even got some new blocks made and I never printed from them, I wrote off all my efforts as rubbish and proceeded to ignore it.

But this morning on twitter I seen a reference to this book.


and I remembered when I bought my copy it was when I was at technical college doing printing with the apprentices and the college was slowing shutting down the departments, clearing out the equipment and the libraries and I found this book. I think it cost 10p.

This other book is the magisterial “printing on the iron hand press” It’s the greatest book ever written on any subject in the world. Ever.

I have realised that around the time I fell out of love I ‘lost’ as in I can’t find it ‘printing for pleasure’ by John Ryland and I am desolate about it. It’s the only book I would never lend. It’s such a small book it can be easily lost in the shelves and I know it’s in the house somewhere I just can’t find it. It’s talismanic and I became miserable.

Anyway look upon the work of the mighty Richard-Gabriel Rummonds and be amazed.







This is a big thick and beautifully put together book.

nice but dim
April 21, 2013, 3:15 pm
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The faux bands are clumsy but the colours are nice and the endpapers are not awful.


regular book
April 21, 2013, 3:12 pm
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It’s a regular book, it’s a book with marble sides nice leather, double black endpapers nothing to write home about but the edge painting it’s got iridescence going for it. I like that.

brave but wrong
April 21, 2013, 3:07 pm
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it fails because it reminds me of the other things that failed. To big, to thick, wrong dimensions, it’s not enough to colour the leather it has to have some tooling. However I like the lettering and I like the edge painting.

brave attempt
April 21, 2013, 2:23 pm
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but fails because it is poorly executed, bad technique, no planning, the colours are unconsidered and the actual size and dimensions of the book are fighting against it. I ripped the design of a bit of gift wrap.

Would do this again but with a lighter hand.

Freedom and prosperity.
April 21, 2013, 2:19 pm
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Black calf and clarendon are just made for each other. I like this book and every thing about it. It was the first and so far only in a series of books I planned on libertarian ideas, I had got a bit excited reading an essay by Deirdre McCloskey and made this book in response. True. I should send it to her. The end papers are great.


A theory of illumination
April 21, 2013, 2:12 pm
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This is a chapter title from “Writing and Illuminating and Lettering” by Edward Johnston.

This is one lettering that I have right : the balance, the colours, the title and the size of the book everything is working together.