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The Book Beautiful

Release date: 20 January 2023
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Until 2015, Pradeep Sebastian was a contented bibliophile, quite far from the serious book collec... Read More

Product Description

Until 2015, Pradeep Sebastian was a contented bibliophile, quite far from the serious book collector anxiously checking his email alerts. Things, however, took a dramatic turn when he chanced upon fine press books – printed on a handpress, from metal type pressed into dampened handmade paper, the tactility and typographic beauty of letterpress books instantly captivated him. There was no looking back.

In absorbing prose, the author retraces his fulfilling journey of collecting fine books online, his new-found love for modern calligraphic and illuminated manuscripts, and his discovery of the masters of bookmaking – be it the cloistered nuns who printed impeccable fine press books, or the famous printer who lived in a one-room apartment at a YMCA with his small handpress tucked under his bed.

Peppered with vivid anecdotes and delightful conversations, The Book Beautiful is as much about the love for fine books as it is about the pleasures of bibliophily – the camaraderie between fellow collectors and dealers, bibliographic connoisseurship, the thrill of the chase, and the joy of striking a juicy bargain.

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Product Details

Title: The Book Beautiful
Author: Pradeep Sebastian
Publisher: Hachette India
SKU: BK0464160
EAN: 9789393701428
Number Of Pages: 336
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 20 January 2023

About Author

Pradeep Sebastian is the author of The Groaning Shelf and Other Instances of Book Love, a collection of his bibliophile essays, and The Book Hunters of Katpadi, a bibliographical romance.

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