How much do we love books? Let us count the ways—till Christmas and beyond. Starting today, your favorite quote about the beauty and value of the book could win you this beautiful letterpress keepsake, as well as a chance at a free copy of the gorgeous hardback edition of Gutenberg’s Apprentice.
The keepsake was printed on a Vandercook proofing press in Santa Cruz, California, at the Foolscap Press. It features a woodblock print by the prolific 16th century German artist Jost Amman, showing a view of a contemporary printing house. The birth of the printed book took place in just such a workshop, though probably not one with such lovely light streaming through arched and leaded windows!
Winning entries will receive a keepsake in the mail from Harper Books, my American publisher, and we’ll put your name in the hat for a free copy of the book. It’s truly beautiful, as I’ve written before. Please submit your favorite quote about books or literature more generally here. (We can only ship to U.S. addresses, alas.)
I’ll feature the best quotes at gutenbergsapprentice.com as time goes on. And to start us off, here’s mine—from the year 1493, in keeping with our medieval theme. It’s from the great Nuremberg printer Anton Koberger, who sent out his magnus opus to customers with this printed wish:
“Speed now, Book…a thousand hands will grasp you with warm desire, and read you with great attention.”