BOOKS
12/27/2010 09:08 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Making Books: Binding The First Editions Of The President's Public Papers

The nation's bookbinder runs his index finger over a rough cut of goatskin. He bears down gently, hunting for blemishes. The leather, flown from London to the bindery of the Government Printing Office, has no major flaws. It is fit to enshrine the utterances of the president.

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