Pressing Matters

Richard-Gabriel Rummonds once made fine books. Today he studies the secrets of their makers.

Richard-Gabriel Rummonds has always maintained -- "partly in jest and partly to shock," as he once wrote -- "that for me, printing was an erotic experience; however, I could just as easily have said that it was a religious one."

Not for him, he says, the clacking and whirring of the modern press or the chuffing and clunking of early mechanical presses. Yes, that technology of