Recent discussions with Mihai Vartejaru in Bucharest and with some other people made me to sift through my photo archive in search for the evidence of the first book I ever made.
As it happens, I remembered correctly that it was some sort of a gift. However, I have absolutely forgot all details.
That’s the book have I made 10 years ago. Feels strange…
That’s a collection of stories my uncle wrote for one of the Russian newspapers. I’ve printed it myself, found some recycled piece of leather and chose a pretty strange paper for the cover.
That’s by the way, my first 2-in-1 bookbinding press and sewing frame:
I still have it at my workshop =)
That is really surprising, but the book edges were cut quite well. I still don’t understand how have I done that!
Some offcuts here:
Leather piece for the spine. Some sort of old coat or purse was spent to make the book:
Just some ща my humble bookbinding possessions:
At that moment, I neither knew how the end sheets should be made, nor had understanding of how I should mask the cords:
However, these stitches on the back of the book look pretty creative (no endbands, as you can see):
Please share your first books in the comments below! That should be quite amusing!