This video is brought to us by Open Culture who introduce it by saying: “Shot by Glen Milner at Smith-Settle Printers in Leeds, England, this short film lets you watch firsthand a book — Suzanne St Albans’ Mango and Mimosa — being made with old school printing methods. Enjoy.” It’s all a bit too fast for most of us to comprehend I fear, but it’s all there. The book is being printed by sheet-fed offset lithography, 8 pages to view, sixteen 16-page sigs, Smyth sewn, and hand bound with a yellow ribbon marker in cases of green cloth with gold foil stamping. The books are hand numbered; obviously a collectors’ edition.
It’s available today from Amazon for $21 which is a bargain for “Used — Like New”. The paperback edition has this description attached to it: “In 1921, in the wilds of the Malaysian jungle, a clutch of British children are being brought up by a Swiss nanny, with a monkey for a pet and deadly scorpions in the night nursery. From that eccentric childhood spent in Malaysia, the south of France, and only occasionally Britain, to her early years as a young news reporter in Algeria and Italy during Word War II, Suzanne St Albans has had an extraordinary life. Charming and utterly fascinating in its details of another time and another world, Mango & Mimosa is destined to become a classic.”