Update on the Baby Book of Concord — selling like hotcakes, and now a leather edition!
Wow, the Baby Book of Concord is flying off the shelves. A good number of you have asked if we are going to produce a leather edition of the "Pocket Concordia" aka "The Baby BOC" aka "Concordia: Mini-Me Edition." The answer is, no, since the whole idea of this edition is to make a copy of the Book of Concord available that is inexpensive. Were we to produce a true genuine leather edition, it would probably cost around $50. But, I have a solution.
For a number of years now I've been using a company in Santa Fe, New Mexico to make leather covers for my books, "slip jackets" I suppose you could call them. They are good, genuine cowhide, nicely stained and nicely grained, and finished well, sturdily sewn. I sent them a copy of the Pocket Edition a couple weeks ago, and a week or so later they sent it back to me inside the leather cover you see in this picture.
If you are not a bibliophile [biblioholic?] you won't understand, but for those who are, you might enjoy a leather cover. The cover costs $20, plus $5 shipping. Yes, more than the book itself. I know. I know.
The company's name is Renaissance Art and they can make a cover for any sized book. I had them make a cover for my full size BOC. And, one of the best things about it is the wonderful aroma of genuine leather. It takes me instantly back to my beloved genuine leather football that I received as a gift from my parents when I was a little boy and just about wore out using in neighborhood games of "touch" football [which only now I'm willing to confess to, and since my mother reads my blog closely, she will no doubt grill me about this admission later!]. And by "touch" I mean full body tackling, unless somebody yelled "uncle" at which time all attempts to kill the opponent had to cease and desist. We had another name for the game, which is politically incorrect. The phrase we used went like this, "Smear the ….." I say no more.
So, if you are wanting to give your Baby Concordia the loving care and attention you know it deserves, I recommend my friends at Renaissance Art to you. And for a great dose of fond memories of your favorite leather football, or what it smelled like to bury your face deep in your baseball glove and breathe deeply, while fighting boredom in the outfield, here's your chance.
P.S. – We are having a "casual day" here at CPH due to the snow/ice storm, hence the flannel shirt I'm wearing.