Heston Blumenthal’s latest book, The Big Fat Duck Cookbook, has a cover price of £125 and is, by all accounts, an exquisite work (I can’t comment on it directly as I’ve not seen it: but if his publishers would like to send me a review copy I would be very grateful indeed).
I can’t help feeling that Heston missed a trick here. With his obsessive attention to detail and his constant search for perfection (I love that book), he might have been better off approaching the Ivory Press to publish this particular book.
Ivory Press’s books are exquisite. Each title is an individual work of art, and is produced in a strictly limited edition. I have only ever held one of its titles in my hands and the quality of production and design was outstanding: it was in one of my favourite independent booksellers, Wenlock Books in Much Wenlock. I saw Blood on Paper: Artists and Books on a shelf and when Anna Dreda (whose shop it is) noticed me looking at it she sat me down and lifted it into my hands and the two of us gazed at it, enraptured.
I won’t spoil the experience for you: go to Ivory Press’s website and look at the books for yourself, and make sure to read the descriptions carefully. The books are beautiful: every single one.