Sunday, December 21, 2014


Since I add my name to my paintings and sketches, I decided I should add a colophon to my hand made books.  That decision seemed simple, but determining what exactly to include took much longer.  The word colophon is Greek for "finishing", and referred to inscriptions scribes made to tablets.  In the book world it refers to a statement of authorship, production, and place and date of issue.  In more modern books it has expanded to the point of being an author's or editor's preface.

For consistency I came up with a format and list of items to include in my colophon.  Below is the final list after several changes and additions:
  • Where and when it was made.
  • What type of book it is.
  • How many section, signatures and or pages it has.
  • If it has a binding what binding was used.
  • What the front and back covers are made of.
  • If it has endpapers what type they are.
  • If there are tipped-in pages what paper was used.
  • Other special elements such as painted edges, pop-ups, envelopes, illustrations or page decorations.
  • Typography font used in the colophon.
  • What type of closure the book has.
  • How many were made.
  • My initials.

Book Arts class, Hollis Fouts and Cheryl Prose, J.C. Campbell Folk School Mar. 2014, Accordion book with 2 connected sets of 4 sections each, covered front and back with decorative paper, paper pocket, hand drawn sepia ink feathers, watercolor and colored ink birds, Herculanum 12 pt typeface, S. G. Hilliard hand made glass beads and ribbon closing.  One of one. ALE

Oct. 2014, Link and crossed long stitch binding, Crawford linen 4 cord tan thread, five signatures, Neenah paper 80 lb, 34 pages, hand marbled end papers, dark blue leather cover and flap closure, Herculanum 12 pt typeface. Handmade raku button closure. One of one. ALE

Since my book's colophon are mostly about the container and not the content (that is left for someone else to do), I decided to place them on the last page of the book.  Which for the accordion book pictured below is the back cover.  

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