Hand Made Books Unique or Not?
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But would be valuable and well worth cataloging and marking ULTB.
I am speaking as someone who has handbound unique books composed of original artwork. I still own several and you won't find them tagged ULTB.
I thought the group rules implied that the work in question had to be published, ie. released to the public. (If they don't, it would be a good rule.) What you're describing here is private.
If the work is available through a publisher (online publisher included) so that you or your friend or a random stranger stalking me on LibraryThing and jealous of my ULTB collection could order a copy -- I'll tag it ULTB. This includes Grandma's photo album or Aunt Betty's recipe cards if digitized and uploaded to Blurb or Lulu -- but not if they reside only in my drawer.
Even if it is purely original artwork from beginning to end, if it exists in multiple copies and/or is offered for sale to the public, I would tag it ULTB. Example: Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite by Walter Bachinski: all the text is handprinted on an antique press, all the artwork is pochoir stencilling, so it is very handmade, and each copy is signed. Anyone who likes can buy a copy and nullify my ULTB tag. ;) Something like a souvenir book handed out to a group would be an example of a work published ("multiple copies" sent out into the world) without being offered for sale.
I have handmade a least two different books in two copies -- but since they were not offered for sale, I think that they cannot be considered published. If I bought a one-of-a-kind art book, it was offered for sale, published; I would put it on LibraryThing and tag it ULTB.
7> So if I buy a one of a kind book that is offered for public sale, a single and only "copy". Isn't that the ultimate ULTB?
I have 10 volumes of a cartoonists (Arthur Horners) work.
They are JUST newspaper clipping carefully cutout (one a day) and pasted into what looks like a music - staves etc - book. Someone has hand coloured the covers and this collection is Unique and was probably loved.
I know, it is hard enough finding any of Horners cuttings. They were expnsive are invaluable to me, I hope they will form the basis of a (one day) republished set of his works.
Are they unique in the sense of this group. I doubt it.
Will I post then to LT. NO.
Just curious, since it sounds like you didn't create these volumes, how did you get them?
To me, that collection of newspaper strips is just that, a scrapbook. Not a book nor even a manuscript. I am a bit of a completist, thus since Horner drew 53 adventures (of 80 or so strips each) over a period of 18 years, and my scrapbooks have 20 adventures (I do have another 15 in loose form as well)
I would feel unhappy in posting an incomplete collection.
If we ever do republish (a complete set I hope) of Arthur Horner's "Colonel Pewter" , with ISBN's. (Hint hint anyone interested) I would of course post our printed books and perhaps post the "scrapbook" since it would have become a source for the published work.
Just another spanner...should I also post my "loose" strips as a set. In my mind they are just as important (and more usefull since scanning them is easier!) than just a scrapbook, no matter how lovingly put together.
Sorry, we fans can become a little "tunnel visioned" when discussing our pet topic.
PS. I bought that set of adventures from a 2nd. hand book/comic shop.
I was a bit disgruntled with the price and I wonder if the collection was sold to them for peanuts.
PPS. Two of the copyright holders belong to our "Colonel Pewter Fan Group".
See Yahoo Groups if you are interested, but currently we are almost moribund.