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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Libraria Castalia in the wild

 


It's interesting to observe how the real 22k gold is actually less shiny than the gilding used on the Library editions. We're also learning that the goatskin dyes tend to turn out a little more subdued than the cowhide dyes; we'd expected the midnight blue of AWAKE to be a little darker. But regardless, the results have exceeded our original expectations.

There is still time to subscribe for Plutarch; the November/December book will be Summa Elvetica. We've decided that all the Selenoth books will feature the same blue for the Library and very dark green for Libraria.

17 comments:

  1. These are unbelievable. Has there been pictures posted of the upcoming Junior Classics hardbacks? I may have missed a previous post so apologies if I have.

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  2. Stunning. You must be so proud.

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  3. Where are we on the Library editions? I think subscribers should expect Divine Comedy in the mail soonish, right? Then Plutarch one and two?

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  4. Quite beautiful! Congratulations to you and your team!

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  5. Very impressed with the "weight" of the cover & binding. I failed to notice this in previous pics. The oblique view here lets the quality of design and implementation shine!

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  6. Lovely. I've been thoroughly enjoying my books and have been reading MEDITATIONS in the afternoon/evenings (the emperor should have been a Christian, he could have been a Father of the Church...). Good quality binding and the paper is excellent. Libraria was just a tad outside of what I could justify, but Library was a choice I couldn't be happier with. Well done, Vox and team.

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  7. M. Bibliophile wrote:I've been thoroughly enjoying my books and have been reading MEDITATIONS in the afternoon/evenings (the emperor should have been a Christian, he could have been a Father of the Church...)
    Yes. His meditations make sad reading. His recorded thoughts all boil down to him encouraging himself to do what's right, because Nature, and Reasons, and Stuff, all the while believing it doesn't really matter anyway, because he'll soon be dead and his atoms will be part of something else.

    God writes His law on our hearts, and Marcus aimed to follow that law, but his stoicism kept him from ever figuring out why he wanted to do right, or why it mattered that he did.

    I'm really happy with the construction of the Library books. They are stout and beautiful.

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  8. Ominous Cowherd wrote:Where are we on the Library editions? I think subscribers should expect Divine Comedy in the mail soonish, right? Then Plutarch one and two?

    Yes. The Comedy is at the bindery now, and the leather has been ordered for both volumes of Plutarch. Those are going to be a treat: 756 and 816 pages at 6 x 9". For comparison, Awake in the Night land is 334 pages at 6.125 x 9.25".

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  9. Rex Leroy King wrote:Those are going to be a treat: 756 and 816 pages at 6 x 9". For comparison, Awake in the Night land is 334 pages at 6.125 x 9.25".
    I need to renew my habit of reading. I need to finish some projects so I have time to read.

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  10. VD,

    Did you guys ever think about making the books all the same height? I just was curious about the creative process behind the actual physical size of the books. Like, is font or book length something that is thought about in regards to this? Or is this something that is even thought about at all!!!???

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  11. Yes, we will make books in a series all the same height, not necessarily the same color.

    In talking with the bindery, it was made very clear to us that book collectors prefer an amount of size variety. We actually planned for more variety than we've delivered, because the Covid-19 situation has effected our paper choices. We would have liked to have gone bigger on the Plutarch, in particular.

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  12. "In talking with the bindery, it was made very clear to us that book collectors prefer an amount of size variety."

    That is very interesting. I'm only now getting into book collecting myself and it's been interesting learning quite a bit of the nuances of what collectors like or dislike. Thanks for the behind the scenes look :)

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