Madame

Madame

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

Description

I (fortunately) had to give up on the first design because we were unable to get permission for a Picasso drawing the author wanted to use. Once I had the idea for the painting, everything went along relatively smoothly. I saw a book of Grau illustrations and I thought their look and feel perfectly illustrated the main character’s obsession with this sparkling, elegant, yet elusive young French teacher. I did a few comps using Grau’s work, but they showcased the clothes the models were wearing too much (as fashion illustrations should). So I decided to paint it myself.

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

Credits

Design firm
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Art director
Susan Mitchell
Designer/illustrator
Lynn Buckley
Author
Antoni Libera
Production coordinator
Harvey Hoffman
Trim size
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
Quantity printed
6,600
Compositor
Stratford Publishing Services, Inc.
Typeface
Opti Bodoni
Printer/binder
R.R. Donnelly
Jacket printer
Jaguar Advanced Graphics
Paper
Glatfelter B-18 cream
Binding method
Adhesive burst
Binding materials
Black (head/foot bands), Pearl Linen 66260 deep Scarlet (head/foot bands), Multicolor golden yellow (sides), Lustfoil GP900 Black (spine stamping)
Endpapers
Cream to match text
Publisher/client
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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