Firstly, someone suggested an A5 format -- or no bigger than A5 for this piece. This is a nice size, and of course will be tweaked and pushed by those who like to work 3-dimensionally (you know who you are :)), and if we stick to it, allows potential collectors of our work to collate the books neatly if they so desire! Of course, we may not stick to this size for the next piece, if we get that far (of course we will!), but it's a precedent, and opens up discussion for size next time.
Next, it would be great for everyone to include a colophon, and I'll outline what that means, even if, as I said in the comments a few posts down, it is telling you how to suck eggs (mind you, I don't know how to suck eggs... do you?).
A colophon is the artist's book equivalent of the copyright page in a novel. It should, at the very least, contain the *printed* name of the artist (as opposed to an undecipherable signature) and the year the book was made. If more complex, it should contain the title, materials, place of making, any acknowledgements, etc. In a novel, the copyright page is at the start of the book, after the title page, but traditionally in an art book, the colophon is at the back of the book -- on the last page, or incorporated into the cover. It's best to have the information attached to the book itself rather as a loose sheet or label that might be separated from the book at some point.
I say this because I constantly look at really beautiful and interesting books produced over the years and archived at the art school where I work -- and I have NO IDEA who made them...
I've only just started planning my book, and I plan to start making it SOON. I always plan a colophon space at the outset, because it's so important. Many of my less formal books have very perfunctory colophons, and that's because up to recently I haven't taken them very seriously. I'm taking this one seriously, and this is what I've come up with:
Learning Absences, 1986
A poem by Rosemary Dobson, from her Collected Poems (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1991), reproduced by arrangement with the licensor, Rosemary Dobson, c/- Curtis Brown (Aust) Pty Ltd.
Book design and production by Ampersand Duck: handset letterpress and [...] on Kozo Light washi, handbound.
This book is part of Book Art Object, 2009
[underneath I'll sign and write the edition number: unique/ 1 of 3, whatever -- see below]
I think it's very important to ensure that '1986' is obviously part of the title, and not mistaken for the publication date. The tricky thing with this poem is that it's one of her 'uncollected' collected poems (it wasn't published before the Collected), so there's no definitive date for it other than the publication of the Collected volume.
I've also included the URL for the blog, because while I'd like to explain the project in more detail, I'd rather let others do the research if they're interested! It's probably something you can leave out if you don't want to be too wordy. And as you can see, I haven't quite decided how to produce my images yet!
Feel free to use exactly my words (changing the bit about who made it and what the book is made from and with!), or re-write it your own way, but you do have to include the part about permission: 'reproduced by ... Pty Ltd.'
If you think the colophon should be different, let us know how in the comments. I'm very open to suggestions!
A question for discussion: are we making them all unique books, or can they be in small editions if desired? I'm thinking up to 5, but that's just because I tend to print in multiples since it's always easy to print them once I'm set up...