Anna Clift Smith’s Van Buren Life

Anna Clift Smith’s Van Buren Life

Fairbairn & Company, Fredonia, New York, 1996

Description

Anna Clift Smith was an artist, writer, illustrator, carpenter, and a feminist who lived alone in a small cottage on Lake Erie. The book includes a facsimile of Smith’s original diary as well as a biographical essay and photographs and illustrations of the area. The choices for design, type, size, paper, and binding are all sensitive to the original diary and reflective of the author’s humble, independent, and pioneering spirit. Many people collaborated harmoniously on the project, which celebrates the strength and joy of women.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 1996
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Fairbairn & Company
Art director/designer
Jan Fairbairn
Photographer
Sue Besemer
Authors
Anna Clift Smith, Wendy Woodury Straight
Typefaces
Adobe Garamond, Adobe Garamond Expert
Printer
Thorner Press
Fabricator
Lynne McElhaney-Kirk/Dun Bindery
Papers
Mohawk Superfine Text, Soft White Eggshell;, Cover, Mideggen, Paste Paper Surface Treatment
Publisher
Friends of Reed Library (State University of New York College at Fredonia)
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