Letterpress Book Opener

The book is based on a fary tale by the Grimm brothers “Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten”. I decided to re-write the story in two new ways; one with a good ending, the other one bad. The book’s front and back covers are identical so the reader never knows which story he gets. The covers have a poem blind embossed onto pieces of chipboard, that expresses how many supposedly unimportant parts can come together and become important. Thus the chipboard, normally intended to be covered, make the cover of a precious book. The entire text inside is hand-set and letter-pressed using hundreds of movable metal type. The only indication as to which story is which, is the direction the paragraphs take over the spreads. The “good” story moves upward, while the “bad” story moves downward.