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A Miniature Bookmark -- Miniature Book Society

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The objectification of the book is not new.  Think of "Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry."  

 

What might be remarkable -- or book-markable -- is whether the surge in objectifying the book through sumptuous illumination, miniaturization or the creation of book art occurs at definitive moments of shifting media.  

 

One-off illuminated manuscripts preceded the invention of moveable type, but was there a definable surge of them in the decades either side of 1450?  

 

The Audubon double elephant folio books appeared in 1820 about the time of Frederick Koenig's invention of the steam-driven letterpress.  

 

Are William Morris's fine editions from Kelmscott Press in 1890 a datum in a surge of book objectification either side of Mergenthaler's invention of linotype in 1884?  

 

Either side of September 1999 (the release of the Open eBook Publication Structure 1.0), we have the Miniature Book Society, founded in 1983 and, in 2003, Michael Hawley's"Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey across the Last Himalayan Kingdom," the world's largest book according to Guinness.  Last month, the New York Times ran an article about Neale Albert's collection of miniature books.  Is this popular interest in unreadable books and the surge in book art (altered and sculpted books) an anxious reflection of another shift in media?

 

Duc de Berry:  

http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/rh/

Audubon's "Birds of America": 

http://digital.library.pitt.edu/a/audubon/

Friedrich Koenig:  http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v131/n3298/abs/131051d0.html

Kelmscott Press: http://www.artsandcraftsmuseum.org.uk/Arts_and_Crafts_Movement/Emery_Walker_Library/The_Private_Press_Movement/Kelmscott_Press.aspx

Ottmar Mergenthaler: http://www.zionbaltimore.org/history_people_mergenthaler.htm

Open eBook Publication Specification 1.0: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_eBook

Largest book in the world:  http://web.media.mit.edu/~mike/fp/bigbook/index.php#par2

Albert's miniature book library: (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/22/redefining-a-little-library/)

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Bookmark - The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Digitizes Unique Early English Books - Free Online Access

Bookmark - The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Digitizes Unique Early English Books - Free Online Access | Books On Books | Scoop.it

"The NLM’s new digital collection of unique English short titles includes:

- 'The Anatomy of Melancholy' by Robert Burton, published in London in the year 1660, and one of the first books on the issue of depression


- the anonymously penned, 'Treasure for Poore Men', a popular manual published in London in 1565 and containing recipes such as 'A medicine for the eye if it be hurte with a thorne' and 'a migraine in the head'


- reports about various local hospitals and other charitable organizations in Britain during the 18th century, ...


- pamphlets advertising patent medicines and popular guides to health and reproduction.

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The NLM’s Digital Collections currently encompass over 14,000 items spanning eight centuries and including monographs, serials, videos, and ephemeral literature. It complements PubMed Central® (PMC), NLM’s free, full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, now including 3.5 million articles spanning the early nineteenth-century to the present day.

Additionally, as part of its ongoing initiative to make its historical collections widely known and available, the NLM also announces a three-year cooperation with the University of St. Andrews to identify and preserve the rarest European materials in the NLM’s historical collections."

 

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The Universal Short Title Catalog (USTC) and the English Short Title Catalog (ESTC) are major resources for the ongoing study of the evolution of the book. More on each can be found here http://www.ustc.ac.uk/ and here  http://estc.bl.uk/F/?func=file&file_name=login-bl-estc. ; The NLM now works with both.

 

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Bookmarking Book Art - 7th Artist's Book Triennial Vilnius

In Leipzig Book Fair 2015 we again met our good Friend famous artist's book creator Barbara Beisinghoff. She showed and explained for Agota and Vilmantas ...
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"The purpose of the “7th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2015″ is to incite artists to create conceptual works which correspond to the offered theme. We want to provoke artists to think and to create an artist’s books on this strange theme of the 7th Triennial – “Error”. Errors {mistakes} plays important role not only in our life, but also in creative process. Many scientific discoveries have been made by mistake, by error. The same are in art. We are looking for artist’s books made with errors, artist’s books with typographical, printing or binding errors. Artist’s books created about “errors” in our life and art, errors in science and engineering, errors in languages or errors on the road, and etc."

 

The International Artist's Book Triennial Vilnius exhibition has grown in reach from its single-city show beginning in Vilnius Lithuania in 1997. With each subsequent occurrence, it has appeared regularly in multiple cities - including Venice, Leipzig, Salzburg, Frankfurt, Seoul, Lille, Halmstad, Silkeborg, Rheine and even Nacogdoches, Texas. If you follow the YouTube link, be sure to take a look at the additional clip posted by Professor Kestutis Vasiliunas: 

https://youtu.be/QuxgGXewM-U. 

 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Jonathan Whitfill

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Artist Jonathan Whitfill blends literature and art in the form of book wheel sculptures that will make you stop, stare, and maybe even read along. Whitfill gives new life to old books for his Shredder series, producing layered pieces that give off an aura of sophistication. Since many of these literary specimens display titles, library stamps, and various book pages, this also provides onlookers with the opportunity to explore the fine, antique details as they admire a nearly obsolete medium.
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Robert Bolick's insight:

Jonathan Whitfill, a Lubbock, Texas high school chemistry teacher, possesses (or is possessed by) a striking aesthetic chemistry.

 

Here at "My Modern Met", Anna Gragert draws attention to his "Edition" series, comprising ""USAYesterday", "Cowboy Blue", "Collier's Wheel" and other circle-, propeller- and tree-trunk-slab-shaped objects.

 

Above, I have added a differently shaped work:  "Shifting Narrative", posted at The Culture Laboratory Collective (est. 2009; https://culturelaboratory.wordpress.com/members/jonathan-whitfill/).


While the captivating book wheels are a slice of a wide range of output encompassing a wide range of shape-shifted materials. The table top with floating fragments embedded is only one other example of the artist's focus on craft, media and the object and the art that can be created in their fluid interchange.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Giulio Maffei

LE VOCI DEI LIBRI - 1 Settecento pagine con un campionario disomogeneo di linguaggi ed attitudini. Disordine che diventa metodo alternando immagini fotografi...
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Here is digital art promoting book art (Damien Hirst's "I Want to Spend The Rest of My Life..."). Giulio Maffei is the son of the art historian Giorgio Maffei, who published a book on the outstanding designer Bruno Munari recently translated into English.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Triple Canopy

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"Featured publisher #14
Introducing MISS READ 2015 exhibitors—————————————————————————————————-

Triple Canopy is a magazine based in New York. Since 2007, Triple Canopy has advanced a model for publication that encompasses digital works of art and literature, public conversations, exhibitions, and books. This model hinges on the development of publishing systems that incorporate networked forms of production and circulation. Working closely with artists, writers, technologists, and designers, Triple Canopy produces projects that demand considered reading and viewing. 

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Organized by Yaiza Camps, Moritz Grünke, Kristen Mueller and Michalis Pichler in cooperation with Akademie der Künste, Berlin. MISS READ: The Berlin Art Book Fair 2015 opens on 26 June in  Halle 1 & Halle 2 of the Akademie at Hanseatenweg 10. Read more about Triple Canopy and other exhibitors here: 

http://missreadberlin.tumblr.com/.


 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Spin

Bookmarking Book Art - Spin | Books On Books | Scoop.it
The subject for its first monograph is the company itself: “We were a guinea pig, so we could explore the possibilities and could use a lot of trial and error while we were creating it.”  The book includes conversations with past and present studio staff, industry commentators, clients and other designers, and runs to 520 pages with a foil-blocked hardcover. The first 1,000 copies of the book will include a limited edition pack of six silk-screened cards and six button badges designed by Spin.
Robert Bolick's insight:

Remember "Typography Only" in 2013, that collection of the work of 100 graphic artists demonstrating the power of type when used solo?  

Refresh your memory: https://www.uniteditions.com/shop/type-only. Put together by Spin co-founder Tony Brook, Claudia Klat and Arthur Shaughnessy, TO was published by Unit Editions, Spin's publishing spin-off. "Spin", the monograph, follows a tough act to follow. 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Anouk Kruithof

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This is a collection of over 3500 colorful paged books gathered by Anouk Kruithof. Out of adoration for books, she created this traveling sculpture
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Kinetic book art! Watch the fall and rise:  https://vimeo.com/40536880

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Bookmarking Book Art - Claire van Vliet

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Claire Van Vliet, book artist and printmaker from Newark, wins $10,000 Herb Lockwood Prize
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Founder of the Janus Press in the '50s, Van Vliet is also a MacArthur Fellow. Instead of churlishly thinking "even in the arts, the rich get richer", think "the genius get 'genius-ier'". Van Vliet's work is an extraordinary gift to book art.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Nexus Press

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"Endless Road: A Look at Nexus Press" at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center provides a survey of the gallery's history publishing artist's books.
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The Nexus Press's archive was recently donated to Emory University. Here's a long look down memory lane from Catherine Fox for the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center.

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Bookmark - Another Commemoration of Aldus Manutius

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Simon Fraser University marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the death of pioneering printer-publisher Aldus Manutius with a groundbreaking online resource
Robert Bolick's insight:

Another event to anticipate!  From Venice to Oxford to Manchester to New York and now to British Columbia, the acknowledgment of the Aldine contribution to printing and publishing rolls on.  SFU makes a special contribution with its launching of an online collection of the SFU Aldines in August 2015.  See also http://wp.me/p2AYQg-SU.

 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Sara Langworthy, finalist for the MCBA Prize, 2015

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Before it was a book, On Physical Lines was a series of drawings of power lines. In an effort to articulate what I was drawn to with these images, I read broadly in the area of history of electricity. This led me to James Clerk Maxwell and his paper. I was immediately struck by phrases that seemed to speak directly to my drawings of the power lines: Lines of force as something real, the lines avoid each other and are dispersed into space… there was poetry woven into Maxwell’s rational intellectual search. In Maxwell’s text there is a strong sense of an individual working through an idea, struggling with the act of questioning while in a state of uncertainty. It is this state I explore in On Physical Lines.
Robert Bolick's insight:

Like the Bryant/Allen entry, this work blends science and book art in a way that the medium becomes the message. The design's gradual build-up to the final quotation from Maxwell is masterful.

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Bookmarking Book Art - The Anamorphosis Prize, 2016

Bookmarking Book Art - The Anamorphosis Prize, 2016 | Books On Books | Scoop.it
The Anamorphosis Prize was established to promote excellence, dialogue and excitement in the field of self-published photobooks and photo-based artist books.
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Juried by Anouk Kruithof (http://stresspress.tumblr.com/about)

John A. Phelan

Charlotte Cotton (https://vimeo.com/103389912).

 

Deadline 1 September 2015. Announcement 1 January 2016.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Ken Botnick, finalist for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Prize, 2015

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Transcription of Ken Botnick's talk about his finalist work, "Diderot Project"

The Annual Enid Mark Lecture at Smith College on April 23, 2015

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Hand and Eye and Tool.

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Barbara Ford's curator insight, June 6, 7:51 AM

I call wonderous things like this BookCraft but they are definitely ART. 

Rosemary Mantini's curator insight, June 6, 11:32 AM

We read words without even seeing the beauty in their component parts. Words and letters can be art that conveys meaning as well as anything else.

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Bookmark - Otmar Hoefer - "Habits of Easy (E)Reading"

Otmar Hoefer - Habits of Easy (E)Reading. Session five, Books by Design, by Sophie Krier. Conference Day 2, May 21, Amsterdam, 13.30 - 15.30. Four hundred years…
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Take a look at this alongside the scoop "Bookmark - From 'Gill Sans' to CSS Sans": http://sco.lt/6tnMwr.  And to think, 2015 is the centenary of the death of Aldus Manutius. The pulse of typography beats on. A tip of the hat to Adam Hyde.

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Bookmark - From "Gill Sans" to CSS SANS

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CSS SANS は、ウェブ上でデザイン・文字組をするためのプログラミング言語 CSS でつくられたフォントです。
Robert Bolick's insight:

Although there is no demonstration of the lowercase in CSS Sans, the demonstration of the uppercase is delightful and encouraging in and of itself. The assertion that this font will design itself over time is hard to accept without the demonstration of the lowercase and its relation to the upper - not to mention a treatment of numbers, italic, bold and other weights. Still, it's a start! 

 

A tip of the hat to Adam Hyde.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Manuel Mazzotti

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A Stoke Newington bookbinder has been awarded a coveted scholarship from the Prince of Wales that will enable him to hone his craft in Switzerland.
Robert Bolick's insight:

Tip of the hat to Peter Verheyen of Philobiblon.com fame for pointing out this news in my backyard!

 

Mazzotti has the chance to work with Hedi Kyle, an American doyenne and active contributor to international book art, at the Centro del bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland.

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Bookmark - The Once and Future Book (Getty Museum Programs)

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September 20, 2015, A medievalist and a publisher discuss the nature of reading and the fate of books.
Robert Bolick's insight:

Actually that's The Scribe Petros and his Pupils (detail), 1386, Unknown, Turkey. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig II 6, fol. 13v. 



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Bookmarking Book Art - Michael Mandiberg

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The exhibition at Denny Gallery will be the performance of the upload of Print Wikipedia to Lulu.com (a print-on-demand website), and exhibition of a selection of volumes from the project. The upload process will take between eleven and fourteen days, during which time, the upload process will be on continuous view. In addition, the gallery will remain open around the clock through the first weekend of the exhibition, in recognition that the computer itself works continuously. There will be two channels for watching this process: a projection of the Lulu.com site in a web browser and a computer monitor with the command line updates showing the dialogue between the code and the site. The script will also post to Twitter after it finishes each volume. Individual volumes and the entirety of Print Wikipedia, Wikipedia Table of Contents, and Wikipedia Contributor Appendix will be available for sale. The build and upload process will take place in real time; until this process begins, exact metrics for the scale of the work can only be estimated.
Robert Bolick's insight:

Mandiberg's work echoes the conceptual framework initiated John F. Simon, Jr. and his "Every Icon" (http://numeral.com/appletsoftware/eicon.html).  

 

Simon's algorithmically driven "artist's proof" in which the ephemerality, futility and power of art is the unavoidable, underlying theme of "Every Icon" and, for that matter, any instance of installation or performance art. In Mandiberg's case - whether it is the complete  set or a print-on-demand segment - the print element of the work ironically masks that theme. One holds out hope that the art (or techne/craft) lasts long, yet the artifact will always be out of date with the "final moment" of Wikipedia (whatever that might look like).  As Simon puts it,

 

"While Every Icon is resolved conceptually, it is unresolvable in practice. 
In some ways the theoretical possibilities outdistance 
the time scales of both evolution and imagination. 
It posits a representational system where computational 
promise is intricately linked to extraordinary duration and momentary sensation."

 

Ironically, the links from previous reviews of "Every Icon" are often dead. The technical community always speaks of "links resolving to a resource", and with those dead links, "unresolvability" is doubly ironic here.

 

Mandiberg's work also echoes the conceptual framework initiated by Paul Soulellis and "Library of the Printed Web" (http://soulellis.com/projects/library/). In Soulellis' words,  

 

"Library of the Printed Web is a collection of works by artists who use screen capture, image grab, site scrape and search query to create printed matter from content found on the web. LotPW includes self-published artists’ books, photo books, texts and other print works gathered around the casual concept of “search, compile and publish.”

 

The content of Mandiberg's work is algorithmically "found content" on a massive scale While it may be that the work comments on the "futility of the scale of big data", I prefer the irrational hope that the print element tied to the digital still offers the consolation of "ars longa, vita brevis".

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Bookmark - Getting an education in ebook production

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Ebook developers aren't the only ones who need to understand how digital production works. Here's how publishers with different objectives can brush up.
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Check out Joshua Tallent's good advice.

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Bookmark - Typography to fights dyslexia

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Ever wondered what it's like to have dyslexia? Daniel Britton doesn't have to wonder; he's had the condition all his life, and now he's found a way to communicate it to others. Last week this UK-based graphic designer announced that he was working on a new typeface which is designed to show those who don't have dyslexia... Read More »
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Brilliant!

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Bookmarking Book Art - Katherine McNamara

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Literary arts exhibit opened June 19, 2015 at Barrister Books in downtown Staunton. ... and runs through August 1.

Robert Bolick's insight:

Here is someone trying to figure out and shape the evolution of the book - in print and digital forms. Founding editor and publisher of Artist's Proof Editions, McNamara is also a member of the Virginia Arts of the Book Center and an iTunes producer.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Pointers from Dorling Kindersley

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Amazing book art and sculptures created by libraries, bookshops and artists across the world.
Robert Bolick's insight:

Who better to recommend such art than the publisher of "The Way Things Work" and a host of visual encyclopedias? http://www.dk.com/uk/

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Sonia Scalco's curator insight, June 18, 6:08 AM

Arte con i libri? O libri in arte?

 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Casey Gardner, finalist for the MCBA Prize, 2015

Bookmarking Book Art - Casey Gardner, finalist for the MCBA Prize, 2015 | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Phoebe is a traveller through time and space in search of what matters. Along the way, she meets an intergalactic wayfarer who is also on a quest. He seeks the 10th dimension which can only be reached by learning what is uniquely human. Together they travel to the beginning of the universe and back. Meanwhile, the two travellers investigate the workings of the universe. Each of the seven folios chronicles a mission that revolves around a field of exploration: light, gravity, time, matter, infinity, constellations and science. On the back of each folio is a mission dispatch reporting their discoveries of meaning in the natural forces and phenomena of the cosmos.
Robert Bolick's insight:

This fifth and last finalist in the MCBA competition for 2015 reminds me of the rise of infographics. It also stands as a clever introduction to a scientific topic through fiction as well as design.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Sarah Bryant and David Allen, finalists for the MCBA Prize, 2015

Bookmarking Book Art - Sarah Bryant and David Allen, finalists for the MCBA Prize, 2015 | Books On Books | Scoop.it
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A synthesis of biological statistics and book art. Extraordinary how Bryant manipulates the book to embody the "message" of the data.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Robin Price, finalist for The Minnesota Center for Book Arts Prize, 2015

Bookmarking Book Art - Robin Price, finalist for The Minnesota Center for Book Arts Prize, 2015 | Books On Books | Scoop.it
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Think Gilgamesh or Achilles, Neptune

or Poseidon, Mohammed or Christ, then

or now - and forever and always? Love.

 

For a video of the process of the book's creation, see http://www.robinpricepublisher.com/.

 

 

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