The Pen’s Excellencie book
The Pen’s Excellencie book
The Pen’s Excellencie book
The Pen’s Excellencie book

The Pen’s Excellencie book

Studio A, Alexandria, Virginia, 2002

Description

The Pen’s Excellencie is an exhibition catalogue documenting a small fraction of the manuscript treasures in the Folger Shakespeare Library. Our initial idea was to write out the entire text by hand, but time constraints eliminated that option. Instead, we began by using a sliver of each image along the edge of the page. As the book is fanned, the impression is of a book full of manuscripts and no type. The cover repeats these images, using numerous slices to suggest the wide variety of examples in the show without favoring any one item. Their treatment, pressed together, emphasizes that they are all from one outstanding collection.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2002
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Studio A
Art director
Antonio Alcalá
Designers
Antonio Alcalá, Mary Dunnington, Helen McNiell
Photographer
Julie Ainsworth
Trim size
8 3/8 x 10 7/8 inches
Pages
244
Quantity printed
1,500
Compositor
Studio A
Typeface
Minion
Printer
HBP Printing and Graphics
Papers
Mohawk Options Bright White 100 lb. Text Smooth, Mohawk Options Bright White 100 lb. Double Thick Smooth
Binder
HBP Printing and Graphics
Binding method
Perfect-bound
Jacket designers
Antonio Alcalá, Mary Dunnington, Helen McNiell
Jacket printer
HBP Printing and Graphics
Editor
Heather Wolfe
Publisher
Folger Shakespeare Library
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