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Inside the Book

David Esslemont
$300 (Full cloth with slipcase)

With over thirty years experience in making books Esslemont writes with authority, enthusiasm and a passion that will inspire and help you develop your idea into finished book ready for publication. These are the topics he covers:

Publishing checklist, The decision to publish, Author's questionnaire, Cast off, Costing, Pricing

Text and illustrations
Acquiring the text, Copy-editing, Proof-reading, Illustrations

Which route?
Calligraphy, Printmaking, Letterpress, Letterpress from photopolymer plates, Digital

The computer, Scanners, Desktop printers, Software, Printing presses, Photopolymer plate-making machines

Paper and ink
Choosing a paper, Identifying grain direction, Size, Weight, Colour, Texture, Printing process, Inkjet papers, Testing, Ink

Choosing a typeface, Hot metal, Digital, Online type stores

Readability, The whole book, Format

Typesetting, Style sheets, Kerning pairs, Line spacing, Hanging punctuation, Widows and orphans, Prelims and end matter, The title-page, Contents page, Chapter openings, Decoration, Page numbers

Sample pages
Into production
Layout, Imposition, Film making, The photopolymer process, Processing

The work space, Setting up the press, Imposition, Impression, The print run, Printing in colour

Sorting, folding and collating, DIY or commission a binder?, Boxes and slip cases

Marketing and Sales
A marketing plan, Direct mail, The book fair, Reviews, The Internet, ISBN, The bookseller, Copyright libraries, Packing

Further reading & Internet resources


Illustrations include pen and ink drawings (above left, "drudgery"), woodcuts from the Augsburg Calendar (above left) and Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, quotations (left) displayed type, pages from notebooks, colour printing and calligraphy.

Additional material is tipped-in and includes a Thomas Bewick wood engraving, a page showing comparative type widths and samples of an inkjet print and paste paper, and a facsimile of an envelope with ideas for Inside the Book.

Trial settings of title pages, chapter openings and text pages from Desmond Levista's biblio novel The Missing Pages, are used to demonstrate how the choice of typeface, and layout affect the appearance of the page. These exclusive extracts are contiguous and make entertaining reading.

Edition details
Published in 2002
Written, designed and printed by David Esslemont.
Created using a G4 Mac and printed letterpress on a hand-fed Wharfedale cylinder press from photopolymer plates.
Main text: Monotype Baskerville and Frutiger 55; sample pages: Aldus, Bembo, Dante, Galliard, Garamond, Minion, Palatino, Poliphilus and Sabon.
Acid-free mould-made Zerkall ENE IV 150gsm special making.
Edition: 250 copies
230 copies in full oatmeal Recordleinen cloth, with calligraphic title in black on the spine and front cover, with a cloth-covered slipcase. Bound by The Fine Bindery. £200/$300

10 copies in a special binding by David Esslemont: hand-sewn on linen tapes with hand-sewn headbands, leather jointed endpapers, and bound in full white alum-tawed goatskin with a design in colour created with acrylic inks, gold tooling. Housed in a felt-lined cloth-covered drop-back box.
Out of print
10 copies unbound in sheets for bookbinders. Out of print.
135pp, 255 x 170 mm (10 x 6 7/8 inches)
ISBN 0 907014 18 6

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