April 20th 2012 and “The Cats of Copenhagen” job is completed.

The week after Easter saw the despatch of the final bound copies of The Cats of Copenhagen to the Ithys Press in Ireland. 

It has been a full-on busy two months since the printed sheets came from Paris in two deliveries by Michael Caine (the Printer).  This is him with the first delivery.

Each time he had two suitcases full, each weighing in at about 24kilos!  Two days before the first batch came I fell and had to decide very quickly to become the project manager rather than the main bench worker.  Luckily I had a band of very able helpers known as the “Team” and they all agreed to pitch in to get all the creasing, folding, cutting into folios and gathering and collating into sections done. 

May I introduce, from right to left, Marion, Adam (Dr. W), Kris, Adam (Mr. L) and me.

The board preparation was a huge task undertaken by Mr. L; the sewing of 170 copies fell to Marion; endpapering, spine lining with mull and paper, bookcloth and marbled paper preparation for the covers, were taken on by Kris and Dr W.  By the time the casing and covering was due I was able to perch on a stool with my leg up on another to do those jobs.  Then labelling, numbering and finally wrapping…we all had a go at these.  Anastasia, of the Ithys Press, wanted the whole job to be done by hand which it was except for the trimming of the bookblocks which was done on the guillotine at my local printers by Richard and Heather of Artisan Print. 

Marion gathering…

…keeping order…

…Mr. L holing…

…me casing and covering…

and finally drying…

…Dr.W labelling…

…Kris wrapping…

This picture shows off the three different bookcloth colours chosen, each of them complimented a different aspect of the marbled paper.  The marbling was on a rich blue stock and I used Liquitex Irredescent Copper, Silver and Mars Black inks. 

Do go to the Ithys Press website, see the previous post for the link, for details of Michael (the printer), Casey Sorrow (the illustrator) and the Press …and the book itself, there is quite a story to tell. 

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