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Artists' Books in the Watkinson Library: A Checklist. Sally S. Dickinson


Porfirio DiDonna: The Shape of Knowing. John Baker


Why Stamps? Ivan Chermayeff


The WIlliam J. Glackens Collection. Elizabeth Thompson Colleary


Books For Children. David R. Godine


James Reid: Selected Wood Engravings. Robert Strossi


Between Earth and Sky. Beth Moon


Grant Drumheller: New Paintings. William Corbett


Shirley Jones and the Red Hen Press. Ronald D. Patkus


Postage Stamps by AIGA Medalists. Michael Russem


A Kat Ran Checklist. Michael Russem


Transit. Geoffrey Movius


Elegies for Michael Gizzi. William Corbett and Natalia Afentoulidou


The World of William Glackens


Memories Sue Allen


My Suffolk Downs. Melissa Shook


The Modern Predicament. George Scialabba


Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley. David P. Bourbeau


The Enormous Chorus. Frank Kuenstler


Honor Bound


John Tullar's Farm. David Hodgdon


Down New Utrecht Avenue. Ed Barrett


What's So Funny. Joseph Torra


The Public Gardens. Linda Norton


Notes on Postage Stamps. Eric Gill


The Difference Between Things. Catherine Kehoe


Fungi selecti picti, 1821. Orra White Hitchcock


The Whalen Poem. William Corbett and Philip Guston


More Pricks Than Prizes. Tom Pickard


Further than the Blood. Guy Birchard


John Rodker's Ovid Press. By Gerald W. Cloud


Listen: Herman Leonard and His World of Jazz


The Ads. Compiled and edited by Flora M.Biddle and Fiona & Mark Donovan


The Epigrams of Martial. Laurie Duggan


A Curriculum of the Soul


Moth and Bonelight. Steven Brown and Jerry Uelsmann


Slot People and Holland And The Netherlands. Paul Hannigan


Rare Book School Travel & Housing Guide


The Maxims of Men Disclose Their Hearts. Joel-Peter Witkin


What's Left. Susan Sindall


Boston Antiquarian Book Fair


Love, Graham Nash


Huangshan. Michael Kenna


Sparta. Mark di Suvero


RBS Holiday Newsletter


Book Beautiful


Inspired Design: The Mentoring Stamp


Love Haiku. Patricia Donnegan and Yoshie Ishibashi


A Best of Fence. Rebecca Wolf and others


The New City. MacLean Gander and Jefferson Hayman


Designing the Mentoring Stamp. Lance Hidy


The Odes of Pindar. Greg Gorman


Ezra Pound in His Time and Beyond. Jesse Rossa


Mont-Saint-Michel. Henry Adams and Michael Kenna


The Sonnets of Shakespeare. Flor Garduno


The Grolier Club: List of Publications


The Veatchs Arts of the Book


The Shining Path. Raul Peschiera and Brigitte Carnochan


Gold: A Celebration of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team


Fine Press Book Association


Listening to the Earth. Morri Creech and Robert ParkeHarrison


Haiku Mind. Patricia Donegan


Out of the Cellar. David Bourbeau, Ansel Adams, and Bruce Rogers


The Double Escape. David Hodgdon


Sarah Creighton Bookbinding


Blood Migration. John Metoyer

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A good typographer does what he should do, not what he wants to do. While there are certainly many solutions to the problem of designing any one book, the better solutions—the solutions that are best for the reader—are often the simplest, or, appear to be the simplest. Ironically, the careful and thoughtful work of the designer should hardly appear at all to the casual reader lest he be distracted from the content at hand. The temptation to use typographic trickery can be overwhelming, but the careful typographer must determine what is truly required to best communicate the specific and coherent ideas of the author or artist. Only when these ideas are conveyed—no matter how delicious the paper or precious the binding—can a book be beautiful. However, while we're trying to convey those aforementioned ideas, why not letterspace the small caps and insert oldstyle figures and leave some room for your thumbs in the margins? That's what we do—even if you don't want to pay for it. We just can't help ourselves.

Many of the books on the following pages are huge, and it's absurd to try to see all of our work reduced to a few hundred pixels. (Just what is a 'pixel' anyway?) You might consider requesting (or downloading) a printed copy of Some Fifteen Books Carefully Designed, our modest printed survey of books we've designed over the last few years. We've also put together a more comprehensive digital showing, A Further Showing of Carefully Designed Books, which will allow you to zoom in and out on the designs of many of the books on the following Web pages.