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Fine Art Editions
Fine art editions are distinguished by the high quality of materials and production. The weight of the paper, the leather binding, the hand-sewn signatures (sheets of folded pages), and the deckled edged pages are hallmarks of high-end production. The typefaces and the page layouts are artistically designed. Even the colors of ink are carefully chosen.
These are limited editions; only a few copies are made. They are usually numbered and signed by the artist and others who helped with the production. The copy number and the edition number are expressed as a fraction. For instance, 24/50 means the 24th copy of an edition of 50.
Collaborators in publishing fine art editions may include essayists, poets, printers, typesetters, binders, and papermakers.
Occasionally, an artist does it all, from A to Z.
Guildford: Circle Press Publications, 1979
Egyptian Green: Views from Egypt with the Writing of Amelia Edwards, Herodotus, Catullus, Ancient Coffin Texts & Various Other Descriptions
Face Value: Old Heads in Modern Masks: A Visual, Archaeological and Historical Reading of the Lydenburg Heads
Malcolm Payne; essays by Patricia Davison and Martin Hall
Cape Town: Axeage Private Press, 1993
Wilma Stockenström and Judith Mason
Pretoria: Ombondi Editions, 1988, 2010
Sound from the Thinking Strings: A Visual, Literary, Archaeological and Historical Interpretation of the Final Years of /Xam Life
Cape Town: Axeage Private Press, 1991