I can't afford to have it printed at a real print shop and only wanted to make a few (say less than 10) so this may be an area where printing the images with an "archival" ink jet printer onto a heavy art stock would work well. It won't go up on the wall, exposed to light 24/7, so it shouldn't have much in the way of stability problems.
Or I could go all out and hand-bind pd prints, but making 10 books with (at a guess) 35 images in it--350 pd prints total--that may cost more than having it printed at a print shop
This has been a goal for quite a while now so I will make a note of the best options while I am still getting together the images. There are so many small negatives that I have printed or proofed when I was working without a darkroom (just shooting, rolling it onto a reel in the closet, and developing) that I wanted to revisit them with this project. Think retrospective
The idea in my head has been to do pd prints on watercolor paper with interleaving sheets of vellum (like clearprint) with text and then hand-bind it. I guess I was just looking for a way to get off cheap and w/o all of the work, but thinking about it, I would never be satisfied. To keep the cost down I could go with a more intimate book size (like 7x9 instead of the larger books that you see a lot of today) which would also mean smaller (and cheaper) pd prints. The killer at this size would be the square images which I don't like on a panoramic book like this, but if I printed 2 on page--choose them so they play off each other well--I could actually coat the paper in 2 4" sections and have 2 4" square images on the page.
Hmmm, this would also be a great way to make another book I want of the stack of images I have of my girlfriend--of course with the last page being a picture of me on one knee with a ring asking her to marry me (shhh, don't tell her!).
Damn you, Nanian; it looks like I have a new skill to learn! I can't afford to get all of those books at one time, John, but are there one or two which would start me out in good stead?