Letterpress Edition of Not To Put Too Fine a Point on It

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Letterpress Edition of Not To Put Too Fine a Point on It

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This 64-page letterpress printed book contains six reported articles on typography, printing, and language written by Glenn Fleishman, who also printed the book by hand in 2017 as the designer in residence at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts. The book is beautifully hand-bound by Jules Faye of Stern & Faye.

You can read more about the process of making the book. An ebook edition is also available.

An initial limited edition of 100 numbered and signed copies was sold by advance subscription, but I have additional essentially identical copies remaining, which will be marked on the colophon as author’s proofs (A/P). If you would like the book inscribed, note your name or inscription in the Special Instructions field.

Please select US or Rest of World when ordering, and the final price at checkout will include shipping that adds up to $150 in the US and $175 elsewhere. (Sales tax added for WA state deliveries.)

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In this book, you’ll learn about the history of intentionally blank pages, Google’s effort to create a font that includes all the scripts of all the world’s languages, when people starting SHOUTING IN CAPITAL LETTERS, whether the Internet will kill off curly quotes, and the difference between slanted and italic type, and how a Web site planned to archive itself for 10,000 years microscopically. 

The book was designed digitally and letterpress printing material was assembled in a variety of ways:

  • The interior text and images rely on photopolymer plates, relief plates made directly from digital files, and printed on a letterpress.
  • The chapter opening numbers are wood type cut fresh from a 2D laser cutter.
  • The inside front and inside back covers are set by hand in Stern, a typeface cut by the late Jim Rimmer, one of the last metal type creators in the world, and dedicated to Chris Stern.

Every page in the book was painstakingly printed by hand. You can watch a time-lapse video of Glenn printing.