In my last post I provided my review on a wonderful book, Greenwood by Michael Christie. What makes the hardcover copy I purchased amazing are the edging on the pages and the paper used in the book and its covers.
It has been a long time since I purchased a book with marbled edging. It is a return to a time when the book itself was a work of art.
Making the edging of Greenwood unique is that the edging is in the compressed form of the rings of a tree. I am far from a great photographer. The photo at the top of this post is of that edging. It does not do justice to the edging.
The edging was perfect for a book about trees and generations of a family who were passionate about trees.
As to the book I quote the publisher’s end page:
McClelland & Stewart is proud to have published this edition of Greenwood as sustainably as possible throughout the production process.
The paper is 100% recycled made from 100% post-consumer waste, and is Ancient Forest Friendly (AFF).
The text paper and cover boards are both certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international organization devoted to responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC label is an international certificate ensuring the integrity of the pulp and wood materials from the distributor to the printer and finally through the printed book.
The book is printed with only vegetable-based inks, which are more biodegradable than standard petroleum-based inks.
The case-making adhesives used here are water-based, renewable, and recyclable.
The plant where books were produced uses only hydro-generated power, and their web presses emith no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). As a result, no air pollutants or toxic waste exist as a by-product.
The paper we use in office for the manuscript/editing is certified by The Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI), the world’s largest single forest certification standard by area.
While I normally keep books because of their plot I will be keeping Greenwood as much for the special nature of its design and construction.
Greenwood by Michael Christie