From our Printer…

My printer says:

“I am set, all material has been bought. As soon as I hear from Marcel and Joel, I print. Biffi is making the bronzes for stamping. I should be sending you books within the end of April.”

And that folks, is authoritative… I know it’s much longer than you (or I, for that matter) had anticipated, but printing is imminent, and I hope to be shipping to you before the end of April.



  1. Rhialto said,

    March 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm


  2. Carlos said,

    March 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Hey… this is the kind of job that requires time and more time to be done well; I remember purchasing a big collection (in terms of the sizes of the books, 1000+ pages each one x 8 volumes) about Spanish economic history from a big editor, Circulo de Lectores, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann; it was an enterprise of almost three years, the last volume going one full year behind schedule; the wait paid well; a really fine work, great contents, state of art knowledge and a really good edition. I think that producing a good book is not a simple industrial activity; it needs a careful work from setting to binding incompatible with tight schedules; although made with established industrial procedures and modern machines, have a big artisan component.

    Better late and well done that early and ‘just done’.

    By the other way, seeing the timing, can you make an approximate schedule for the next two volumes?

    • rclacovara said,

      March 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm

      Carlos, you have said it better than I might have. This does take time to do right, and that’s one of the reasons I’m printing in Milan, and not China. It costs more and it takes more time in Milan than China, but: Stefania Zacco is absolutely reliable, and her binders do truly beautiful work. I don’t know where I’d go for better at any price. That’s why I am happy to take back the books and refund anyone’s money if they don’t like the volumes–because it doesn’t happen.

      By the way, I check my records. The first Cosmopolis was issued in Jan or Feb 2000. In volume 37 (three years and a month later) the first half of the original 44 volume set began to go to subscribers. Three years!

      As for next timing: at the moment, all I can say is “way faster”. Volumes 3 and 4 are set and being proofed. They will be ready for printing about the time books are sent from Milan to Virginia.

  3. töff said,

    April 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    > “all material has been bought.”

    I am wondering about slipcases. I’ve been intending to build a case to hold my CVIE, if for no other reason than to protect it from slings & arrows.

    Then I thought, it’d be nice if that case were covered in the same material as the CVIE itself. That’s standard for slipcases, right?

    So my question is, what is the cover material? I wonder if getting a goodly handful of it would be like going out for a gallon of milk or going out for a golden fleece.

    • rclacovara said,

      April 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm

      Hm, the stuff has a name and a number… let me see what I can find out.


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