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How To Make Books by Esther K Smith

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From zines you can fold in a minute to luxurious leather journals and sumptuous sketchbooks, How to Make Books will walk you through the easy basics of bookmaking. Whether you’re a writer, a scrapbooker, a political activist, or a postcard collector, let book artist Esther K Smith be your guide as you discover your inner bookbinder. Using foolproof illustrations and step-by-step instructions, Smith reveals her time-tested techniques in a fun, easy-to-understand way.

Esther K Smith wrote and co-designed HOW TO MAKE BOOKS. At Purgatory Pie Press Dikko Faust hand-set wood and metal display type for the cover and chapter openers. That type was scanned into the design file and the book was published commercially by Random House.

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5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by renagorlin
5 out of 5 stars
Jan 5, 2018
Extraordinary collection of fantastic letterforms in gorgeous color combinations spelling out found poetry. The absolute embodiment of satisfaction for typography lovers! Signed by author -- an honor to have in my library. Thank you!
Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography

Reviewed by Loran Scruggs
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 31, 2017
Wow oh wow, so glad you loved this book and put in the energy to get it remade!
Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography

Reviewed by lifeislegos
5 out of 5 stars
May 20, 2017
"Oh my god this book is gorgeous."
That was my immediate thought upon opening this book*, and it gets even better when you examine its details. This thing really did need to be reprinted. It is that beautiful.
Definitely worth it.

*"Whoa—Even prettier in person!" was what I thought for that brief moment of innocence between unpacking and opening it, when I could only see the cover.
Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type: The 1874 Masterpiece of Colorful Typography

Reviewed by Kriskoa
5 out of 5 stars
Apr 10, 2017
Thank you for the inscription and the super quick communication and shipping. My little one was incredibly excited with each project as she was perusing the book.
Making Books With Kids


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