Ephemera is usually defined as items that are used for a very short time before they are discarded, but the items included in this book have all been treasured and preserved for decades, or even centuries.
To reflect that desire for preservation I bound the text in a binding reminiscent of a Cambridge Panel binding of the 18th century. This was the typical leather binding of the time period for books of lasting value that readers and collectors intended to keep for as long as possible. The spine title was done in a more modern style and then the leather was sprinkled after the spine was tooled to partially obscure the title, almost as if the “Ephemera” was slowly decaying.
I also wanted to save something ephemeral from the printed pages that the binders were provided. The signatures were trimmed to keep the production page numbers at the top of the pages, which would normally be lost during binding, adding another piece of ephemera to the finished book.