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Sandra Salamony is a professional book designer. She has authored, coauthored, and curated several books on artisan topics. She lives in Traverse City, Michigan. Visit her online at http://www.sandrasalamony.com.

Peter and Donna Thomas are book artists and coauthors of More Making Books by Hand. They live in Santa Cruz, California.

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  • Series: 1000 Series
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159253774X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592537747
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First impression: when you open 1000 Artists' Books, there are many exciting, inspiring books, many of them are unconventional in some way. In most cases you see the cover and at least one interior view, which I find important. The authors have done a great job in choosing a variety of exciting, usual artists' books. Be sure to use the "look inside," it has a generous number of pages. I am delighted to have several of my books included in this book.

1000 Artists' Books is divided into four chapters: 1. Codex books, (books with pages joined to make a spine); 2. Accordion and fold-able books (books with multiple-fold pages); 3. Single sheet books (stacks of pages, scrolls); 4. Sculptural books (books made from objects and objects made into books). Chapters 1, 2 and 4 are each roughly 30% of the book. Chapter 3 is about 60 photos. In the back is an image directory that lists the title, materials, etc. for each book. There is also an artist directory, listing urls and email addresses. Some people have said it is a little awkward to flip between the photos and the image directory. I put a book mark in the image directory to make this easier.
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This book, while containing terrific images of Artist Books, is not well organized. There is no context to the books.

None of the books shown are titled or described on the pages upon which they appear. By the time you've looked at all the books, if you still have the time and energy, the titles and brief descriptions can be found, but not easily, in the back of the book. You will have to find the page on which the book appears, remember it and then look it up, not by artist's name, but by its title. Too much work.

When I look at a book of this type, I want to know immediately what the book is about, not simply the name of the artist. "500 Handmade Books" (Lark) does it best. That said, it's great to see Artist Books celebrated and know that there are wonderful books being made everywhere.
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This splendid volume is truly a beautiful work. It would have benefited from some written introductory material, at least a general overview of artists' books, a little known field. Still, this must rank as one of the truly handsome works of the year
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1000 Artists' Books has some of the most fascinating hand-crafted books I've ever seen. This 320-page paperback packs 1000 wonderful pictures of them.

You'll be amazed at what can be turned into pages and books. There are books with wooden covers, one that looks like a guitar, another is a building complete with signage, one literally has a nest of eggs. Many use specially designed paper, like clear plastic, sponge-like seaweed thing, canvas of indescribable textures and more. There are so many different treatment and presentation. Every page is a surprise.

Towards the back is a section called Sculptural Books that really push the concept of what's possible. Although they no longer fall into the categories as books, they still are great pieces of art and craft.

Fascinating collection of artists books.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link)
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The best thing about this book is the amazing variety of books featured..it certainly expands ones concept of what a book can be. I have a book included here..the truck book...so was delighted to be in the company of all these inventive book makers..but I also would have liked more information about each book printed next to the book...other than that it is inspiring and a must have for any art library!
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Visually this book is gorgeous. There is plenty of eye candy and the variety of styles and constructions of the books featured make 1,000 Artists' Books interesting and inspiring to aspiring book artists and crafters.

However I was disappointed for several reasons. I understand this is one of Quarry Books' 1,000 series but the book title is deceptive. There are not 1,000 books, but 1,000 images, with some books featured with more than one photograph. I also didn't like how the book is laid out - the artists' books featured are displayed with their creators credited, but to get any more information, you have to refer to the directory at the back, which I eventually made a copy of so I didn't have to keep flipping back and forth to know more about what I was looking at. The directory itself I found disappointing as well. It lists the books' names and the materials and bindings used to make them, but in most cases, it doesn't offer any description of the content of the artworks (other than to say they include illustrations or text) or the artists' intent. That made it difficult to get a sense of the purpose or the importance of the works, making the experience mostly two-dimensional for me (although a very pleasing 2D gallery visit).

I would have liked to have had a better idea of why these books were chosen. Because they look good, if I understand correctly from what one the reviewers wrote, two of whose books are featured. That's fine and the images are all well-photographed and extremely attractive, but it didn't add to my understanding of book arts or what a powerful artistic medium it can be.
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