Friday, September 25, 2020

He always suspected

 An actual conversation yesterday:

Big Bear: What’s going on?

VD: Guess how many square feet of goatskin I had shipped from Italy to Tennessee this morning.

Big Bear: Um, a thousand?

VD: Three thousand, three hundred.


That took place in the aftermath of the news that the goatskins for the Libraria Castalia editions of THE MISSIONARIES, THE DIVINE COMEDY, and AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND have all been tested and passed the finish quality test as well as the gold foil and 22k gold stamping tests. We anticipate - we don't promise, we anticipate - all three editions shipping to subscribers and purchasers by the end of October.

Below is an image of the test results sent to me by the bindery. The bright detailed design is the gold foil stamp, which is used to test the ability of the leather to hold detail even though we don't use any foil on the Libraria editions. The square blocks are the 22k gold stamp, which is not quite as bright as the foil, and explains why the Libraria covers look more subtle than the Library or Easton Press covers.

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Blogger Rowan September 25, 2020 6:46 AM  


Blogger Critias September 25, 2020 7:13 AM  

Those look amazing really fantastic quality. I was watching a show with a gardening expert visiting Japan, and this head gardener was telling him about the pine trees there. They cut each branch and each twig, all the millions of little pine needles into triangle shapes - by hand. It takes 60 workers in a single tree cutting needles with scissors. The spirit of seeking perfection with these books reminds me of that.

Blogger Sargent.matrim September 25, 2020 7:47 AM  

Very nice.

Blogger Silent Draco September 25, 2020 7:53 AM  

You can almost feel the rich, supple finish. Beauty containing Truth - exquisite.

Blogger Unknown September 25, 2020 7:57 AM  

Lol, who would have thought gold foil and goat skin could make a man so happy. Must admit they look sharp. Sometimes it is the simple things. Sid

Blogger Troy Lee Messer September 25, 2020 8:06 AM  

the Pieta of books. Ive tamed the sin of envy. these books are my achilles heal.

Blogger Hylean September 25, 2020 8:33 AM  

Looking great, but I fell in love with silver for awake in the nightlands. Any chance of swan knights son or iron chamber of memory making an appearance? Big john c Wright fan here.

Blogger thechortling September 25, 2020 8:33 AM  

goatskin shipping as a leading indicator of foreskin taking.

I see the No Foreskins Left Behind program progressing nicely.

Blogger Brett baker September 25, 2020 8:56 AM  

Seriously, we're going to need more goats.

Blogger CF Neal September 25, 2020 9:21 AM  

Upon the approach of winter...

The cloak that I left at Troy, bring with you, and the books, especially the parchments!

Blogger Azimus September 25, 2020 9:26 AM  

"Big Bear: What’s going on?"

Having never spoken to the man directly, I assume this is how he begins every telephone conversation/skype call. Blunt and direct.

Blogger Doktor Jeep September 25, 2020 9:29 AM  

Before the age of cheap printing they made much of the books that got printed, and this is what it looked like. That's beautiful.
They also only put to print that which was worthy. Unlike now, where we sit on heaps of lies and garbage.
This project is a beacon of light.

Blogger Argus Bacchus September 25, 2020 10:39 AM  

The wife just checked up on our four goats.

Still there.


Blogger RandyB September 25, 2020 10:59 AM  

Very nice. I love your commitment to quality!

Blogger Grooveware September 25, 2020 11:52 AM  

The quality is oozing out the screen, it's more a display cabinet your needing for the books.

Blogger dangerdog September 25, 2020 12:07 PM  

You are a monster Vox! Your work always takes the life of another!

Blogger Silent Draco September 25, 2020 1:07 PM  

Hey, wait a minute. It's about 10 sq ft to the square meter, so that's around 330 square meters.

An entire year, with a slight order bump, becomes:

666 square meters

Hmm, that next conversation may go differently.


VD: Oh. Took him private in a leveraged buyout with Mike here, then fired his butt.

(Archangel nods slightly)

Blogger Theodoric September 25, 2020 1:22 PM  

Never forget the goats sacrificed by the ruthless Dark Lord. They will live on in our memories...and on our bookshelves!

The future is made brighter thanks to you and your team.

Blogger Avalanche September 25, 2020 6:46 PM  

@9 Seriously, we're going to need more goats.

What a perfect money-making project for the Bears and Beartaria! I’m reminded of the Monks of New Skete (New Skete is in upstate NY): actual robed and tonsured brothers, one of whose moneymakers for the monastery was raising and training gorgeous German Shepherds, and also taking in dogs for training. Their first book: “How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend” is a SUPERB dog-training, dog-understanding book. (Second great one is something like: “How to Raise a Puppy.” There’s a wonderful photo in “Best Friend” of the brothers at table, each with big handsome Shepherd at down-stay around the perimeter.

So, some of the Bears can raise goats for meat and skin. Harder than raising rabbits, but more meat and skin, eh? And a built-in market with the Dark Lord needing multi-thousand square feet?

Blogger Steffen September 25, 2020 8:58 PM  

Many goats died to bring us this information.

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