Not sure whether my favorite traditionally hard-bound book “counts” on the basis that it’s not hand made, but I LOVE my copy of Hunter Thompson’s The Curse of Lono, illustrated by Ralph Steadman. It’s not just Thompson’s writing or Steadman’s illustrations that make me love this book – it measures an awkward 11×15 inches (note – it’s not the ideal book to bring in your carry on if you’re taking a flight – you’ll get on the nerves of the stranger sitting next to you). Once you remove the dust jacket, the book is black writing on a white background – a stark comparison to the colorful and bizarre illustrations inside. I generally opt for smaller sized books with minimal images, but the oversized measurements of The Curse of Lono are something I find almost nostalgic, perhaps it reminds me of reading as a little kid, when pretty much every book was oversized (at least in comparison to a little kid). I’m also drawn to the fact that I can’t help but become absorbed in reading it or perusing the drawings because its size inundates my entire line of vision and peripheral vision. Either way, this book is by far my favorite hard cover book not only for content, but for it’s larger than life design.