About Innovative Bookbinding
This seems to have spurred a number of online searches for the book, as folks are trying to find a copy for themselves. As a result, people have found my blog post about when I got a copy of the book.
I’ve also heard from a few folks via Email, asking if I’d sell/rent my copy or if I’d be willing to photocopy/scan pages so they can them.
To answer the first question – nope, not selling or renting it. This book is such a priceless treasure and frankly I’m dumbfounded by the fact that I actually own a copy. I’m sure everyone understands why it isn’t leaving my possession.
And now the second question – I’m not willing to scan or make copies of pages at this time. I would be very upset if someone made copies of one of my books and did so without my permission. I feel that this book deserves the same respect.
However, I do understand everyone’s interest in the book. That’s why I contacted David LaPlantz, Shereen’s husband. I explained that people are eager to see the content of the book and that they would be overjoyed if the book were ever reprinted.
I also told him of my intention of writing a blog post about the book, which would include a few photos. I told him that I did not feel comfortable making scans of pages without his permission as I have great respect for copyright ownership.
He quickly responded and told me that he wanted some time to think about it, which I think is more than fair. I told him that whatever choice he makes, he should put Shereen first. I’ll keep you posted on how things develop.
That said, I do have other ways to share Shereen’s book. I’ll be attending the Guild of Book Workers‘ Standards Seminar in Boston later this year. I am more than happy to bring the book with me so people can check it out.
And if you’re ever in Vermont, contact me and I’ll figure out a way for you to come to my studio for a book look. I’m participating in Vermont Open Studio Weekend from October 1 -2, 2011 and during that event, you can stop by any time from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For those of you far from Vermont, I did a search on WorldCat and found that there a number of libraries in the United States with copies of the book. I also discovered that there’s a video of Shereen talking about her book collection.
Now I just have to figure out a time to drive out to Rochester…
Update 8/2/11: David LaPlantz just informed me that he has some VHS copies of Shereen’s Prowling Video (the video mentioned above) – he’s offering them for sale at $30.00 (includes shipping). The video is two hours long.
This is the last project Shereen worked on before she made her final transition in 2003, a real testament to her love for books, bookbinding and communication of image and print.
If you’d like to purchase a video, please send a check (payable to David LaPlantz) to the following address:
69A Las Estrellas
Santa Fe, NM 87507-4230