European Reader!

Apparently of the three blog posts for which I’ve hastily thrown drafts together on my phone, this is not one of them. Since it’s far too late to blog right now, and this is the one I’d really like to write next, I suppose I’ll finish it tomorrow.

I saw a brief image a few weeks ago of an absolutely ingenious pamphlet, with artwork stringing it together in a way so well considered that it is without and beyond doubt that I should not only replicate it myself (to the best of my truly amateur abilities), but that I should also happily present some evidence of my attempted successes here.

I have a few Stuart and Georgian era pamphlets in my collection – all relating to the activities of antiquaries, and the several that I have got a hold of disbound I tend to bind in the style above – simple plain paper wraps with a handwritten title label on brown packing paper. An attractively modest but practical style, that I think relates to the ultimately utilitarian purpose of the original pamphlets themselves – simply to be easily readable and to spread news.

But this new one has a hidden secret.


When opened out, a hidden image allows each gathering to separate, and rather than folding out, the images fold inwards and become a single running scene hidden amongst the words of the book.

For this pamphlet I only used three gatherings – and collected among them some of my unfortunate poetry – with the first gathering rhyming, the second non-rhyming, and the third nonsense.

The image running between the pages was my long-ago-attempted panoramic sketch of Aberystwyth bay; this time I’d put it through a few fancy filters and played around with it on the computer, to give it a quieter effect of a wash-like ink sketch.


Adieu, Dear Reader!