William Eggleston's beautiful For Now, which was our Book of the Week three weeks ago, is back in limited stock at Amazon (at $40.81). We cleaned 'em out the first time around—98 copies delivered from Amazon U.S. and U.K. before supplies temporarily ran dry.
Plus, I heard from Matt Suhre at Twin Palms Press, the book's publisher, and he tells us that the book continues to be available directly from them—both the Second Edition (at full price, $65) and the original First Edition ($200).
By the bye, there's been a little confusion about the publisher's description of this book as "casebound." That's just the proper term for a regular hardcover book. In case binding, the "case" consists of the spine and boards (the boards being the front and back covers), which is manufactured separately from the text block (the book's pages, folded, sewn together, and trimmed) and then affixed to the block with with the endpages. Case binding is by far the most common form of hardcover binding used now. The term is distinct from slipcasing, which refers to a separate five-sided board outer box that the casebound book slips into. For Now is casebound but not slipcased.
And, as promised, here's the link to For Now at The Book Depository. A little more expensive than Amazon at $49.58, but international shipping is free.
And while I'm on the subject of books, I think I'm going on a campaign to try to get Paul Caponigro's The Wise Silence reprinted. Published in 1983 by NYGS (a division of Little, Brown), designed by Paul's former wife the distinguished designer Eleanor Morris Caponigro, it really is one of the great masterpieces of my lifetime among books of large-format photography, the soul of the subtle and profound. If memory serves, Meriden-Stinehour did the original plates, and they have (as reported by us at the time) very sadly gone out of business in the face of fierce competition from the Far East; but surely a printer could be found to do the pictures justice.
Lesser books are being reprinted; why not that one? Onward, Rocinante!
(Thanks to Sheygetz)
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Featured Comment by Jeff: "Good reminder. Hadn't looked at my Caponigro book in quite a while. I had forgotten it was signed by him; not bad for my $75.
"The first edition lists The Stinehour Press for the following: 'Set in Monotype Centaur; Letterpress Printing; and, Bound by...' Separations and duotone printing were done by 'The Meriden Gravure Company.' Paper, by the way, was 'Mohawk Superfine.'
"Forgotten, too, was a letter from Paul that I placed in the book regarding his Portfolio II. The portfolio included all original photographs, priced at $850 total, but the first 50 copies available first come, first serve for $385. I didn't jump on it. Ah, those were the days."