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The Bookery is excited to announce our expansion into the world of
handcrafted fine press and artist books. In recent years there has been
a rediscovery among artists, craftspeople, and fine printers of the idea
of the book as more than a mere vehicle for text. Inspired by the rich
tradition of the book-related crafts and new directions in the book
arts, talented printers, artists, craftspeople, and small publishers all
over the country are producing extra-ordinary work.
Some of the results fall squarely within the context of the artistically
presented limited edition of a classic or contemporary text. The
overwhelming majority of these books take advantage of traditional
letterpress printing, a technology made commercially obsolete due to
production limitations in comparison to photo-offset and now
computerized printing methods. Performed with due care, however, the
aesthetic effect of letterpress remains unsurpassed. The subtle
impression made by inked letterforms into sumptuous papers provides for
in-comparable presentation of words on a page. Being a relief-printing
process itself, letterpress is also ideal for printing wood and linoleum
Other work in the book arts encompasses more fanciful creations,
one-of-a-kind or small-run artist pieces utilizing the form of the book
as a jumping-off point. The broad spectrum of the work being produced is
just beginning to be explored.
The Bookery is dedicated to providing one of the few retail outlets
serving this burgeoning book arts world in an effort to encourage a
wider interest in these special books. In Bookery I you will find our
new stock of fine press and artist books, handcrafted books, prints,
broadsides, and portfolios-as well as books on books, and books on the
history of the book and the book arts.
We currently have items for sale from the following fine presses and