The Production of Hortus Veitchii
Producing this reprint was a labour of love! When I decided to undertake this effort, I was keen to try and replicate the same style and materials used in the original book.
Hortus Veitchii, 2006 hardback reprint (without final dust jacket).
25th January 2006, James Veitch's birthday and the start of producing the reprint. Scanning one of the 648 pages, each of which needed magnifying and enhancing to eliminate marks and blemishes that are only to be expected on a 100-year-old book.
The printing machine; a Heidelberg Speedmaster 102, for those who are interested!
Finished plates need perforations and then folds to the edges in order for the drums to hold them accurately on the printing machine.
Test prints are checked for correct and even ink application. In order to achieve perfect ink distribution, the ink is passed over about a dozen different rollers before being applied to the paper.
Once satisfied with the setup, the machine starts to print a complete book section. This consists of printing 32 pages on one sheet.
Topping up the printer with a little more paper!
Having completed one section, the plates are changed and the process is repeated for producing the next section.
The next of 23 sections to Hortus Veitchii in production.
Completed printed sections to about half of the book. That looks like a whole tree, reassuringly, all waste is recycled.
Once folded and stitched, each copy is taped and glued down the spine to hold the book together when finished. When dry, they will be guillotined and the hardback cover will be attached.
Checking an uncut sample before trimming and binding.
The book is almost complete. Quality control procedures at every stage ensure only the perfect copies make it this far.
Some replica dust jackets waiting to be trimmed and scored.
The dust jackets being carefully applied by hand.
A stack of finished copies of Hortus Veitchii, 2006 hardback reprint, numbered limited edition.
Packed finished copies of Hortus Veitchii.
Close-up of the spine quality of the reprinted Hortus Veitchii, (without final dust jacket).
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Last updated 23rd March 2017