Sweet Life Bookbinding

What does dipping chocolates and binding book editions have in common? Misha Martin! When the text for Songs of the Cowboys arrived at my bindery this spring, I found help from local chocolatier Misha, owner of Sweet Life Chocolates, who says doing multiple tasks in bookbinding is not unlike dipping chocolates over and over…

Misha Martin

Songs of the Cowboys is a reprint of an original text published by the Estancia News Herald in New Mexico during the early part of the 20th century, the first time these cowboy campfire songs and poems had been gathered for publication.The deluxe edition of 100 books bound at Hands On Bookbinding was letterpress printed at the Palace Press, Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe. Ninety copies were bound in quarter cloth with printed, paper covers (handmade by Tom Leech, Director of the Press). A special group of ten copies were quarter bound in Pergamena calfskin and housed in clamshell boxes. The edition includes a CD of the cowboy songs and poems featured in the book, which was illustrated by contemporary line drawings by cowboy artist Ron Kil.

The Chandler and Price platen press originally used at the Estancia News Herald is part of the working exhibit at the Palace Press, where I worked in the mid 1980s.

Priscilla & Misha covering 2013

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