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Tristram_open.jpgAwhile back for one of the NaNoWriMo November's, I wrote a love story between an older male printer and a young female papermaker called Tristram's Printer.

The printer lives on an island in the Mississippi River near Guttenberg, Iowa (of course, where else would a printer live?) and says his favorite book to print, if he ever gets around to it, is Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy, because of its complex typography.

After a disaster of a  marriage, the woman is hired by an artist and artist's agent to learn about bookbinding, papermaking, and typography. She travels from Chicago to London to Guttenberg when the artist asks her to check out the printer. She does. Love ensues.

Now, for the first time ever!

In the history of bookmaking & printing!

Tristram's Printer and Tristram Shandy Vol. 1

are together again for the first time!


The first section is Tristram's Printer which is 164 pages long and set in a variety of types (as befitting a typographer/printer). Ten signatures of four sheets each. The second section is Volume One of Tristram Shandy and is seven signatures of four sheets and about 113 pages. 277 pages in all (plus a few blank ones.) The book is A5 in size (about 6 1/4" by 81/2") with a hand-backed cloth cover and green endpapers.

Seventeen signatures - that's a lot of sewing.

The Audio is Up and Well, thank you very much.

Please listen and enjoy.


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Palms_both.jpgSeth Harwood writes books. Hard-boiled action novels (Jack Wakes Up, This is Life, Young Junius). Then he makes them into audio books which you can listen to at your leisure. You can also buy his books at the usual places plus his website.

Except for This is Life (Book Two of the Jack Palms series - Jack Wakes Up is Book One. An excellent choice if you want to listen to Seth read - with passion - rather than read it yourself.) There is as of yet no hard copy of This Is Life, although Seth has said it could well be coming out this year or next. This presented me with a dilemma. I needed three copies of This Is Life because myself and two others are listening to the audio book (available at Seth's website) and needed to read it, too. Seth was kind enough to send me a PDF file and gave me permission to make copies.

Palms_J_back.jpgThis I have done. But rather than merely staple the pages together and pass them along to the other two people, I case bound the suckers. Quickly. In fact, as fast as I have ever made two books: from printing, imposing, folding, and sewing to screwing up the final endpaper was, maybe, five hours. Two books in five hours.

Nine signatures of five sheets each for about 165 pages; A5 in size; hand-backed book cloth (the yellow is from an old t-shirt and the other one is from bits of cloth in a Japanese motif.); including a red bound bookmark - this is for reading and studying, mind you - we need to find where we left off. The Yellow Seth Express book has green endpapers. The Japanese-Motif book has nice off-beige, textured endpapers. Both are quarter-bound with black, hand-backed book cloth.

Now I need to make one more: for myself. At a more leisurely pace, however, with more thought given to quality rather than speed. Will I ever finish it? I hope so. Thanks to Mr. Harwood for making it all possible.




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