A48.-A49. The Papermaking Rhyme
(Right) A48. Peter Thomas. The Papermaking Rhyme. Santa Cruz, California: Thomas Press, 1988.
70 x 44.5 mm (2 ¾” x 1 3/4”), 26 pages, 200 copies (edition not completed).
Binding: Bound in a purple paper cover handmade by Peter Thomas. Exposed stitching on spine. “PP” stamped in gold on cover. Held by a cream paper sleeve painted with blue, green, purple, and red. Paper: Purple, handmade by Peter Thomas. Printing: Text is letterpress. Photographs are digital. Typography: Hand set Glyptic. Illustration: Eight photographs of Peter Thomas making paper. Five paper samples tipped in.
“The text is a parody of ‘Peter Piper picked a peck…’ This edition was hastily completed to take to a papermaking conference in Hawaii, and the binding was done while camping in Hawaii before the meeting started.”
(Left) A49. Peter Thomas. The Papermaking Rhyme. Santa Cruz, California: The Good Book Press, 1988.
74.5 x 47.5 mm (2 15/16” x 1 7/8”), 36 pages, 150 copies.
Binding: Bound in purple paper, handmade by Peter Thomas, over boards. Title in black on spine. Paper sample inset on cover. Paper: Purple, handmade by Peter Thomas. Printing: Text is letterpress. Photographs are digital. Typography: Hand set Glyptic and Goudy thirty, photoengraved Goudy Thirty. Illustration: Reproductions of eight photographs of Peter Thomas making paper. Five paper samples tipped in.
“The previous edition [A46] was enthusiastically received. As we had only printed a few of the 200 copies and were not happy with the new imprint, we abandoned that edition and made a new and improved one. Since Goudy Thirty type was only made in 18 point, for this edition we had photo engravings of the type made at a reduced size to use for the cover, title page, colophon, and to label the paper samples. We reverted to using the Good Book Press imprint, but kept working to resolve the problem, and by the end of the year had decided that rather than using a press name as publishers typically do, we would simply use our names as the artists.”