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Historic Book Arts Projects.

Historic Book Arts Projects. Museum of New Mexico. Santa Fe: Press of the Palace of the Governors, 1984. (Rev. 1988.) Illustrated, 44 pp., softbound, $15.00. From Historic Book Arts Projects.

This delightful and informative museum-produced packet presents a wealth of printing and book-related ideas and activities. Beginning with the coming of New Mexico's first printing press in 1834, the packet of three-hole-punched pages contains a series of projects designed to involve young people in the history and art of the book. Included are craft techniques and hand processes used by early bookmakers in New Mexico and throughout the world. The art projects are presented in a straightforward manner, with black-and-white diagrams and illustrations by Zoe Viles, abetted by several diverting drawings by young children.

Some of the topics and projects included are: calligraphy, illumination, bookbinding, papermaking, relief printing and monoprinting. None of the topics is presented in depth, but each is defined and described with clarity and creativity. In addition to the illustrations, actual samples of processes such as marbling, paste paper, stencilling and monoprints are bound in. The unique presentation and hand-made "personality" of this publication give it a special appeal for discerning book collectors.
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Author:Baker, David
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Apr 1, 1990
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