This post is the first of two parts highlighting the (second) publication of Francesco Griffo da Bologna - Fragments & Glimpses. The book is being issued this month in an edition of 50 numbered copies, in three different states. Two of the editions are being shipped from the binders' studios, so even I haven't seen them yet. Images and some details of those two states will be featured in next month's post. For now, you get shots of a copy cased in quarter cloth and paper here at HM.
A summary of the book, and details of the three states can be found on the HM site. Last month's post provided some details on the Aldine carcass that provided the leaves included in each copy. Sadly or not, the leaves that were truly orphan - the ones used in F&G - were the most weather-beaten. (The one shown above is among the worst, used here in a trial binding copy; most leaves in the edition have less drastic staining, if any at all.) Aside from some basic surface cleaning, I left them alone. Griffo's type, and Aldus's design remain perfectly clear. The best leaf books provide a text that the leaf illustrates, and that was my goal here (and with all of HM's lead books), so whatever an individual leaf's imperfections, it offers a direct connection to the men and materials at the heart of this story.