30.6.06

This week the first proofs - as they used to be known - of Luca Antara arrived. In the interim it has grown a subtitle - Passages in search of Australia - about which I was initially dubious. However, anyone I've spoken to who is involved with selling books, thinks it's a good idea so I'm feeling better about it now. Meanwhile the book itself is shaping up really nicely. A very strong, graphic cover, lots of ornamental flourishes in the titles and half-titles inside, reminscent of the writing on old maps, a nice clear face for the body of the text, and an image to introduce each of the four sections. Don't have permission for all of these yet so I won't say what they are. Except for this one, which is about 200 years old and thus out of copyright:

6 comments:

Bernardus Sylvestris said...

Congratulations. looking forward to the publication

Okir said...

Congrats, Martin. Sounds like it will be a beautiful book.

Martin Edmond said...

thanks Bernardus ... & Jean ... it's not due out until November but - I'm excited. we are doing the running heads the way used to be in olde bookes.

Bernardus Sylvestris said...

I just thought about used to be proofs. Of course galley proofs. Long thin sheets. James Joyce thought they were like the persons of the Trinity, as soon as you had a good grip on one, you would lose the hold of another.
Especially hard for him with Ulysses being set by French printers.

~River~ said...

Congratulations.

I want to read it. Now! I wonder if booksellers in India will stock your book.

Martin Edmond said...

hey, Bernardus - imagine proof reading Finnegans Wake - enough to send you blind.

~river~ - if I don't get that international deal I'm angling for - I'll send you a copy - in the mail.