- Plains, PA: Boss Dog Press, 2017.
- 9" x 12"
- quarter leather with paste-paper covered boards, gilt lettering on spine, slipcase
- 68, (3) pages
Price: $600.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 132336
Limited to 96 copies, of which this is one of 26 lettered and signed copies bound thus. The Bone Folder is the fifth, and most ambitious, publication of the Boss Dog Press. A letterpress edition of Ernst Collins Der Pressbengel, translated from the original German by Peter D. Verheyen, the text is a dialog between a fictional bookbinder and his equally fictional patron, with the goal of educating bibliophiles about the processes of hand bookbinding. The dialog is carried out over six days, Monday through Saturday, with a different subject each day. Monday covers forwarding; Tuesday is decorated papers, leather and vellum; Wednesday, paper case bindings; Thursday, quarter leather bindings; Friday is full leather binding; Saturday describes gold tooling.The original edition was published in 1922, and has been reprinted in other languages; the first English translation was made available in the 2009 Guild of Book Workers Journal, and also as a downloadable pdf from Peters Pressbengel Project blog.
The text is augmented by a bio-bibliographical study of the history of the Collin family, three generations of whom were bookbinders of significance in Germany from the mid-1800s to World War II.
In addition the text is complemented by the inclusion of seven photographic images, a frontispiece, and an enlarged image of Ernst Collins handwritten signature.