Producing DIAMM Publications
DIAMM Publications was set up to create facsimile publications of the highest quality without the massive cost markup of conventional publishers. High-quality colour printing is expensive, and the price only comes down when doing runs off tens of thousands, such as is done for glossy exhibition catalogues. With runs of a few hundred the unit cost is massively higher, but we felt that if we could produce publications without the usual overheads of a publishing house then we could produce publications that were affordable by to individuals, and to research libraries, whose spending budgets have been seriously diminished in the last few years. The profit margin on our publications is therefore extremely small, and is used only to subsidize future publications. All the income is spent on the actual cost of printing and binding. Nothing is spent on marketing, advertising, office management etc. All these costs have been met by private sponsorship.
The next major project is the production of the Ferrell-Vogüé Machaut Manuscript, currently on loan to the Parker Library, Corpus Christi, Cambridge.
This is one of the most important sources for the works of Guillaume de Machaut. It is a very large book (over 700 colour pages), and will be produced in two volumes, with an extensive introductory study by Prof Lawrence Earp, Domenic Leo and Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet. This is a massive undertaking, and will cost DIAMM publications in the region of £80,000, even if we only bind the first 200 copies. Prices of materials go up quarterly, so our estimates may even be on the low side. The purchase price of the book is therefore going to be in the region of £500 per copy. We will attempt to provide buyers with the option of a pre-publication discount, but this will not be announced until the text and images are available for typesetting, and production is well advanced.
Work is already under way on the introductory study for the facsimile of the Old Hall Manuscript (British Library Add. 57950), a volume of similar size to the Eton Choirbook, which will probably match Eton in format. The introductory study is being written by Margaret Bent. Since we expect the volume to cost in the region of £250 we will also be offering a pre-publication discount once production is under way.
Other projects in prospect include:
- The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book
- Palestrina Missa Papae Marcelli (print)
- The Wode Partbooks
- The Sadler Partbooks (Bodleian Library Oxford)
- Aosta C15 (introduction by Peter Wright)