The frequency of meetings with my publisher Ed Marquand have been on the rise as we iron out a myriad of details. What font to use, and where roman, italic, what sizes? What cover cloth for the book, the drop-spine clamshell box, and the loose print folio? What end paper? What paper to print on? How should the letterpress printing ‘kiss’ the page vs. leave an indentation? And on and on. We’re even adding a custom graphic element in ‘the spirit’ figure. It is a labor of love, and I believe the finished book will be a thing of beauty to behold.
The actual content for the book – the text, and the platinum prints – is coming along quite nicely as well. Writing of the text is almost complete, with only the Forward and Colophon to add. I’ve been extensively testing papers and chemistry for the prints, making over 50 sample prints to fine tune my approach. Printing of the final images will begin in earnest about the time the leaves fall in Seattle – by then it will be a good time to be in the darkroom, where I plan to spend several hundred hours to make the prints for 15 copies of this book.