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Letterpress: The Allure of the Handmade Hardcover – August, 2004
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I have limited knowledge about letterpress so I found this book interesting. It is an updated edition of a book first published in 2004, which is timely as letterpress has made a comeback in recent years, and not just within the handmade community. Jury's book is a comprehensive take on the history of letterpress, which has been used commercially for over 500 years. He discusses the art and craft of this medium, digital technology and mass production versus handmade, design versus art versus craft. He says letterpress is "not innately superior" to digitally designed and mass-produced print and has to be flexible and stay relevant and functional, not just decorative to survive.
The book has some gorgeous examples of pages and materials printed by letterpress, wonderful for those interested in typography, print and design. Wouldn't it have been lovely, though, if it had a letterpressed cover?