A book is a physical manifestation of words and images in sequence.

A book is not a text.

A book is a kinetic sculpture.

A book is not data.

A book is a sensual device to be experienced by all five senses, not solely by the eyes.

A book is not letters on a page.

A book is an archaeological object awaiting new methods of analysis and comprehension, but still, we will not understand.

—James Reid-Cunningham


James Reid-Cunningham is bookbinder and conservator in private practice in Cambridge, MA. He studied bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and spent thirty years as a conservator at Harvard University and the Boston Athenaeum. His artistic bindings and book art have been exhibited nationally and internationally.


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