Jan & Catharina

Jan & Catharina

Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, California, 1998

Description

From the beginning, the author and editor knew that this novella—a contemporary mystery and love story spanning three centuries—should be illustrated. Marrying the contemporary and antique qualities of the story while retaining the air of “mystery” led to the selection of Rocky Schenck’s photographs and the use of details from Vermeer’s paintings. Tracey Shiffman’s choice of vellum for the illustrations, so that the text is revealed through the veil of the Vermeer paintings, brilliantly expressed the multi-layered content of the book, and her refined design sensibility deftly resolved the historical sweep of the novella.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 1998
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Smart Art Press
Designer
Tracey Shiffman
Photographer
Rocky Schenck
Typefaces
Centaur, Centaur Expert
Printer
Delta Graphics
Papers
Starwhite Vicksburg 70# Text, Gilbert Gilclear Vellum
Author
Michael Tobias
Publisher
Smart Art Press
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