By MICHAEL CAINES
It is often pointed out, but some people still manage to forget from time to time: a book is more than just its text. Text, in the sense of mere words on the page, is at the mercy of texture – binding, illustration, the quality of the paper against your hand, the individuality of the volume in question. For many mainstream publishers, it appears to be best to make books as uniform as possible, from their generic jacket designs onwards.
For artists, however, such material matters are opportunities to rig, say, a novel for novelty’s sake . . . .