Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, New York, 1999

Description

This book is a collection of essays about reading, and I wanted the feel of the book to reflect the joy of reading and a life surrounded with books. With its subject matter, the book needed to be classic in style. Even with the smaller trim size, I wanted to create a book with a very gracious and open page. I find the display face, Mrs. Eaves, and the text face, Walbaum, very satisfying and clear, and I think they convey a pleasant, bookish look.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 1999
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Art director
Susan Mitchell
Designer
Jonathan D. Lippincott
Illustrator
Rockwell Kent (from the Library of Elnita Straus, Council House)
Author
Anne Fadiman
Production coordinator
Harvey Hoffman
Trim size
5 x 7 1/2 inches
Pages
176
Quantity printed
38,000
Typefaces
Walbum MT, Mrs. Eaves, Type Embellishments Two, Copperplate 32 bc, Matrix Script
Printer/binder
R.R. Donnelly
Jacket printer
Pheonix Color
Papers
Glatfelter B-18 cream (interior), 80 lb. Hammermill Alpine White, Lustre Regalia, Press Varnish (cover)
Binding materials
Pearl Linen 19990 Jet Black (spine), Multicolor Antique Black (sides), One-hit Lustfoil B-25 Gold (stamping foil)
Publisher/client
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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