I'm copying below (you can see it larger on my main blog) the Newsletter that The Old Stile Press is sending out to their mailing list because I'm impatient to let everybody know about our wonderful collaborative production. If, when you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you gasp when you see the prices, allow me to make a little speech.
This is not the kind of book that you will buy on Amazon or
see on the shelves of your local bookstore. It is more like an artwork
than a normal printed book, although it is also a printed book. What
makes it different is that there are only 150 copies (plus 10 Specials)
signed and numbered, and that they are all exquisitely hand-printed and
bound, and that they contain 43 original images - not reproductions -
printed by Nicolas McDowall from the blocks which I drew, cut and
proofed, and that Dick Jones' contemporary translation is closer to
Cendrars' spirit and language than any previous ones published, and that
it has the imprimatur of Blaise Cendrars' daughter Miriam Gilou
Cendrars, and that the text is beautifully laid out and printed in 24
different colours, and that the binding is a joy to touch and
stroke....I could go on!
But if you still think that such a book is expensive, consider
how much it costs to buy a fine original print in a gallery. How much a
case of fine wine? Dinner for two in a gourmet restaurant? You get my
This isn't sales talk (well, sort of) but simply trying to
change a mind-set which says that a book...a book!...at this price is
outrageous. No. It is not. In this digital age when the physical
presence of books may soon become only a memory, it's good to know that
works like this can still be made.