Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, designed, typeset, printed, and bound. The cover design was inspired by Indian and Buddhist motifs, the circle being a spiritually meaningful symbol. The type was chosen and designed to have subtle personality and excellent legibility.
The binding process involved hand-sewing each signature and meticulous trimming, sanding, and gluing. The gold stripes were applied with a hot stamping machine, and the recessed circle was hand-cut into the cover, with book cloth and paper carefully applied over.
The typesetting process involved cleaning and formatting the raw text from Project Gutenberg, fixing spacing anomalies like orphans and widows, and adjusting spacing line by line to create clean paragraphs and rags.
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