Bookmobile’s high-quality short-run art book printing services are a perfect fit for an artisan’s hardcover book printing. Andrew Dipper is a restorer and conservator of historical stringed instruments, based in Bookmobile’s hometown of Minneapolis. Andrew is a very well-known restorer: examples of his work can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Art, as well as other museums.
Besides his restoration work, Andrew also frequently lectures and publishes, and Bookmobile recently printed a limited run of his hardcover book ‘Librem Segretti de Bvttegha’: A Book of Workshop Secrets. Librem Segretti de Bvtegha is a rare 18th century manuscript about the violin and its construction in Italy, from around 1725 to 1790. Andrew translated the book and it also “contains his footnotes, explanations, illustrations, and interpretations of the manuscript’s historic secrets, rules, and formulas.”
Why Bookmobile for a custom hardcover book printing?
Bookmobile’s books are archival quality—we work with museums and university presses who have very high archiving standards, and we meet them all. From Andrew,
Bookmobile was very easy to work with and steered me through the technical issues that might have caused a problem with an extended print run. I am also happy to be able to print further copies, which is important for a technical book. I am very happy with the standard of printing and binding, the paper quality, and the stability of the board covers and binding.
Bookmobile provides custom book manufacturing; no cookie-cutter templates or trim sizes to adhere to here. We produce everything in house, and we only produce books. So the collected know-how of our experienced staff goes into every book we produce. Our minimum run is 25 copies—we could not maintain our high-quality standards and breadth of options if we were only printing one copy of a book. From you, we require print-ready PDF files; our Support page will guide you on file prep and our color printing parameters. We provide paperback or hardcover binding, and black-and-white or color interiors (with the option to do a black-and-white interior with color inserts to save on cost). We can produce about any trim size up to 12″ square, landscape or portrait. We also provide many bells and whistles, like French flaps, foil stamping, and embossing or debossing. Browse our Gallery for inspiration, and check out our full list of options too.
Librem Segretti de Bvtegha’s interior printed in color on our 80-lb. white uncoated stock, and besides text, the interior has many diagrams and historical photographs. The trim size is 8-1/2″ x 11″ and it’s perfect bound and cased in, with a gold foil stamp on black case, black headbands, white end sheets, and a gloss-laminated dust jacket.