Shereen LaPlantz books on eBay!
Yesterday I was looking for Gocco supplies on eBay for no good reason. I do that sometimes. The truth is that I have such a big stockpile that if Armagoccoggedon ever came, I would probably be the last survivor.
The cool thing is that during my search, I discovered 2 copies of the handbound book Designing and Working with Gocco by Shereen LaPlantz. After I found that gem, I clearly had no choice but to go down the rabbit hole.
I found two more of her books, Innovative Bookbinding: Secret Compartments & Hidden Messages and Visual Guide to Type. These books are hard to come by, so if you’re in the market for any of them, I’d go for it. (FYI – I have no stake in the sale of these books).
Designing and Working with Gocco was produced in 1996 and is an open edition – I own signed copy #106. Oh yeah, I’ve got a copy. 🙂
The book has about a dozen-ish original Gocco prints where LaPlantz tests out different techniques, inks, and papers. If you’re a Gocco nerd, then this book is well worth the purchase. Here’s what’s available on eBay:
- Designing and Working with Gocco, copy 1 – $79.95
- Designing and Working with Gocco, copy 2 – $165.00 (yeowch)
My signed copy of Innovative Bookbinding: Secret Compartments & Hidden Messages was produced in 1997 and is part of the second edition. It’s #290 out of 2,000 copies. Yep, I own this one too. 🙂
The copy that’s available on eBay was printed in green and mine is printed in brown, as you can see below:
The eBay listing indicates that the book is part of the first edition and is #758 out of 1,000 copies. I think it’s cool that LaPlantz did the reprint in a different color to differentiate between the two editions – at least that’s what I assume is true. Can you imagine printing a book in an edition of 1,000? 2,000? It makes my brain ache.
Innovative Bookbinding is really fun in that not only does it share different ways of hiding things in your books, but it also has several examples actually bound into the book. If the price tag doesn’t work for you, you can get a mass market version of the book on Lulu for $27.50. It doesn’t have the built-in structure examples, but it does have the written content, which is awesome.
Here’s how to get your hands on the handmade version:
The last book I found was Visual Guide to Type. I don’t have this one in my collection and after viewing some of the pages in the eBay listing, of course I want it now. It seems to focus on the fundamentals of designing with type – spacing, kerning, choosing a typeface, etc. I think this could be a great resource for working with letterpress.
The book that’s for sale is #256 out of 500 copies. Here’s where to find it:
- Visual Guide to Type – $75.00
If you want to buy one of the books, today is a good day to do it – eBay is offering 15% off everything for today only (details here). Use coupon code PERFECTDAY at checkout.
If you get any of the books, I’d love to hear what you think of them!