This was hand made in South Africa 1 1/2"long A book is a mechanical object. It has to work. It has to open easily and lie flat when open. Much of the bookbinder's art goes into mechanical considerations. So to make a perfect book with pages that turn beautifully and then to glue it so that it is permanently open is painful to a bookbinder. (A bit like making a piece of moving machinery and then seizing it so that it freezes solid.) But this is what I do to make my Open Books. Although the pages do not turn, and therefore you cannot read the books in the accepted sense of the word, you have to believe me that they once did turn. The books are fully sewn and bound with traditional bookbinding methods, giving a rounded spine. Papers are acid free and the text blocks are all marbled or gilt edged. End papers are all marbled although you can only catch a glimpse of them.