Friday, January 28, 2005

Old School Press: The Bricks of Venice

The Old School Press has a new book coming out in February 2005. The Bricks of Venice, written and illustrated by Peter Harris, is a contemporary and historical account of Venetian architecture.
The 96pp of text have been printed in 14/16pt Bembo on a large page of Magnani mould-made paper. These pages have then been bound into a volume with a hand-blocked paper on the boards - the paper has been prepared especially for the edition by Alberto Valese in Venice, using a pattern taken from the facade of Ca' d'Oro, one of the finest Gothic palaces on the Grand Canal, and just along from the building in which Peter Harris and his wife lived. Each illustration has been printed on a separate sheet of 225gsm Somerset paper made of 100% cotton , making it easier to follow the illustrations when they are called for in the text and also to frame and display them individually. To print the images I have used an Epson 2100 printer using pigment-based inks thereby assuring good longevity of the images. The seventy-two sheets of images are separated by chapter with sheets of brown Fabriano Ingres on which captions are printed to accompany the images. These sheets are collected in a solander box which is covered in another paper from Alberto Valese - a repeated tile pattern in grey. The solander box and bound volume are presented in a slip case in a soft yellow cloth with a spine label. The binding has been carried out by The Fine Bindery.
Further information can be obtained from the Old School Press website.