Thursday, April 16, 2020

Castalia Library is go

On last night's Darkstream, I was extremely pleased to announce that the first book in the Castalia Library, The Missionaries by Owen Stanley, has been printed and bound. It will begin shipping on Friday. Below are three pictures of the very first book that was completed at the bindery yesterday.

Unfortunately, since the first set of goatskins did not pass the rigorous quality standards required by the bindery, the Libraria books are not ready. We do not know when they will be ready because the second set of goatskins are still in Italy. So, we are sending a free Library edition of The Missionaries to all Libraria subscribers now, and will send the elite goatskin editions out as soon as they are ready. Due to the slim nature of the volume, we elected to go with a vertical alignment of the title on the spine, as Franklin Library did with books like Machiavelli's The Prince and Shakespeare's Poems, although we followed the example of the two-line approach of the latter as we felt it was more attractive than the single-line approach of the former.

In the third image, you can see how the endpapers feature a map of the archipelago that contains the fictional Elephant Island, which features a little Easter Egg for those who enjoy maps. You can also see the gilding on the pages as well as the gold ribbon bookmark. A number of people have asked if there will be copies available for purchase; as we are only producing 500, there are a few still available but they will be offered first to Castalia Library subscribers at the subscription price with the exception of two copies that will be offered at the retail price of $150 on Abe Books. If there are any left, they will be offered at the retail price at Arkhaven.



Blogger JK April 16, 2020 5:58 AM  

Well done all

Blogger Rebel Shoat April 16, 2020 6:03 AM  

That is beautiful. Unfortunately I have too many expensive hobbies as it is. I'm amazed you have produced such a fine looking book having never done it before.

Blogger Guitar Man April 16, 2020 6:19 AM  

It looks great. Congrats!

Blogger Gettimothy April 16, 2020 6:30 AM  

Wow! Beautiful stuff.

Blogger Shane Bradman April 16, 2020 6:47 AM  

Looks fantastic! Looking forward to its arrival in the next two weeks. Excited to see what Marcus Aurelius is going to look like when that gets finished. Hopefully I will be in a position to resume my subscription for the next book.

Blogger RedJack April 16, 2020 6:48 AM  


Blogger Unknown April 16, 2020 6:49 AM  

My goodness that is some beautiful work.

Blogger Kevin April 16, 2020 6:56 AM  

Wow. That's beautiful. I'm regretting I missed out on this one.

Blogger Salt April 16, 2020 7:19 AM  

That's gorgeous.

Blogger Bilroy April 16, 2020 7:34 AM  

Nice book. I remember you saying something about having horizontal titles on the spines. Is this book too thin for that?

Blogger Sargent.matrim April 16, 2020 7:56 AM  

Nice. Wish I had the money to join up. Happy for those that do.

Blogger Jad April 16, 2020 8:11 AM  

my shipping address will be soon changing, who do i contact to update my details? book looks amazing! wow, can't wait!

Blogger VD April 16, 2020 8:44 AM  

my shipping address will be soon changing, who do i contact to update my details? book looks amazing! wow, can't wait!

Answer the email we sent you requesting your current mailing address.

Blogger VD April 16, 2020 8:44 AM  

Is this book too thin for that?


Blogger RandyB April 16, 2020 8:56 AM  

Beautiful work! Not surprised, just enjoying the beauty.

Blogger Joel Raúl Villegas April 16, 2020 9:39 AM  

Amazing. Must be nice...

Blogger jkmack April 16, 2020 10:01 AM  

Good Job.

Blogger JG April 16, 2020 10:23 AM  

Vox, you've exceeded my expectations. I eagerly await the book's arrival.

Blogger VD April 16, 2020 10:31 AM  

Vox, you've exceeded my expectations.

Thanks, that is always the goal.

Blogger Azimus April 16, 2020 11:02 AM  

Still not sure why you wouldn't use a dust jacket to protect that beautiful book... (j/k)

But seriously that is the kind of book that will last 1,000 years if its cared for. Excellent!

Blogger Laconic April 16, 2020 11:03 AM  

Looks very pro. Good work!

Blogger artensoll April 16, 2020 11:07 AM  

Since becoming poor when my midget was born, this is the first time I have felt a wee pang about it. Of all the things I have been here to witness Vox et al achieve, I admire this the most.

Fabulous job.

Maybe if you could just find a way to bottle the smell...? Too weird?

Blogger bramley bramley bramley April 16, 2020 11:33 AM  

Looks very nice. Congratulations.

Blogger Dark Herald April 16, 2020 12:00 PM  

That. Is. Sweet.

Blogger daddynichol April 16, 2020 12:28 PM  

Congratulations on achieving yet another goal.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella April 16, 2020 12:36 PM  

That is a beautiful book. Congratulations!

Blogger P Glenrothes April 16, 2020 12:58 PM  

I'm astounded this particular book is going out at this particular time. It's more appropriate than anyone could have imagined when this project started.

Blogger OvergrownHobbit April 16, 2020 2:14 PM  

Truly a work of art and fine-craftsmanship. Beautiful.

Blogger Reader April 16, 2020 2:56 PM  

Beautiful. Very well done and tasteful. The final product evidences the meticulous thought that went into every step of the process. That is not just a book, that is a creation. Brings Keats to mind: A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Congratulations.

Blogger FrankUnderwood April 16, 2020 6:00 PM  

That is a really nice looking book. Now I want one to have on shelf even though I almost always stick to ebooks and audiobooks.

Blogger Jad April 16, 2020 6:11 PM  


Blogger Beardy Bear April 16, 2020 6:45 PM  

That is very generous. Thank you SDL.

Blogger diesel bear April 18, 2020 7:35 AM  

the book looks great

Blogger Fletch April 20, 2020 8:34 AM  

My daughter had tired of her library books (on indefinite loan since we stocked up after seeing the writing on the wall), and wanted something different, so I tried some of Grimm's fairy tales. After she really enjoyed them, I looked at the 1918 Junior Classics set I got for a criminally low price, and opened the first one up. I was blown away by the intricate designs, gilding, and even the type face. I'm beginning to appreciate this stuff, thank you.

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