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Stories From Luthier John Stubbings: It's Skiffle

Last year, author John Stubbings launched his book 'The Devil Is In It' to much acclaim.

We were lucky enough to sit down with John to record a few more stories that didn't quite make it into the book, but still whet your appetite for what the book itself includes.

Settle in for the first of these stories below:



The Collector's Edition of The Devil Is In It is available at the special launch price of £200.

Each book is set in a hand-assembled tray and custom-made cloth covered slip-case. Alongside the book are a separate set of the 16 Drew Christie illustrations printed on 180gsm uncoated art paper and wrapped in archival tissue.

The typography on every page of the book as been carefully crafted by the graphic designer Flaminia Rossi - individual lines adjusted by hand, spacing of lines and letters are crafted to give the optical balance associated with hand-set letterpress printing. The text is set in two typefaces.

The fifteen ‘history’ chapters are set in Baskerville, a typeface designed in Birmingham, England in the 1750s and cut by John Handy for John Baskerville. Chapter titles and headings are in Mrs Eaves, a serif variant of Baskerville designed by Zuzana Licko in 1996. The real Mrs Eaves was first mistress, then professional helpmate and later wife to John Baskerville in his printing and typesetting business.

The sixteen corresponding ‘narrative’ chapters are set in Berthold Akzidenz Grotesque, first originated as Royal Grotesk Light by the German master type-cutter Ferdinand Theinhardt in Berlin in 1898.

Find out more about the book in this interview with its author John Stubbings:


The Devil Is In It is available to purchase here.

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