I’ve now started to output the digital files as film positives and to make test plates for the photogravures.
Rather than print the images on both sides of a double page spread as I originally thought I would, I’ve decided to print each image individually and to bind them into the book separately. The main advantage to this is that it will free me from having to decide the image order early on in the process, allowing me to rearrange and introduce new images, if necessary, right up to the last minute. Also, if I have a problem with one print being too dark, too light, off centre, smudged etc., I won’t have to reprint the other side too.
This method of binding is used successfully in some of 21st Edition’s books, where they bind platinum and photogravure prints in with offset printed pages.