“Critics of the book generally focus on the type and when people get into printing, the first thing they get into is type. They learn to recognize the different faces, and become pre-occupied with them. But the paper is more fundamental, because that is where the beauty begins, and in the end, that is all that beauty can come back to – the substance of the paper, the field on which the whole thing can act.” William Everson, On Printing
I had to get serious about finalizing the paper(s) for the Stockton book, which will be next in the press. It’s a small run, just 36 copies @ 32 pages = 8 sheets per copy = 325-ish sheets total, so some of the small batches of obscure handmades in the HM drawers were candidates. I don’t mind losing a little to trimming but more than a couple of inches seems a waste, so the first limiting factor is how a batch tears down for the book’s 9 x 12 sheet size.
This Camber Sand (145 g) would work – it’s not too creamy – but there’s only enough for one half; what would the other be? I don’t have a good companion.
From a far corner that I thought held only heavy sheets (250 – 300 g) I found 100 sheets of Canterbury (120 g, off-white), which tears down with just over an inch of wastage in each direction. I guess I’d been saving it for some “special” project, but if this isn’t it I don’t know what will be.