Posts Tagged ‘fine printing’

More about fine printing on mobile devices

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

An update on our post about fine printing on the Kindle. Barbara Hauser writes, “A few days ago on the FPBA Facebook page, you asked if anyone knew of finely printed books available on mobile devices. [See original post here.] Well, I’m not sure if this comes under that heading, but recently the Bavarian State Library released a free iPhone app that allows users of the iPhone and iPad to view all pages of 52 rare books from their collection. I posted a photo on my Flickr page showing a closeup from their Gutenberg’s Bible ( The app is supposed to work only on iPhone 3GS or later, but it works fine on my 3G. The app can be found at the App Store under ‘Famous Books.'”

Thanks for this, Barbara.

—Paul Razzell

The private-press spirit in a nutshell

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

“I decided simply to publish an edition, if for no other reason than that I would then have a copy myself.”

This quote, from Jason Dewinetz of Greenboathouse Press, really sums up the private-press spirit. The edition Jason is referring to is Felice Feliciano’s Alphabetum Romanum, “an instructional treatise on the correct rendering of Roman capital letters, written by Feliciano in 1463.” Jason is redrawing Feliciano’s letters from scratch, and will issue a new edition of the work in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future. You can learn more about Jason’s work on the Alphabetum Romanum and other Greenboathouse Press projects on his blog.

Above: A page from the original 1463 manuscript (left), the 1960 Officina Bodoni edition (centre) and a working drawing for the Greenboathouse Press edition (right).

—Paul Razzell

40 years of fine books from David R. Godine: an illustrated lecture on May 6 in Boston

Friday, April 30th, 2010