John Donne’s Marriage Letters in the Folger Shakespeare Library
John Donne’s Marriage Letters in the Folger Shakespeare Library
John Donne’s Marriage Letters in the Folger Shakespeare Library
John Donne’s Marriage Letters in the Folger Shakespeare Library
John Donne’s Marriage Letters in the Folger Shakespeare Library
John Donne’s Marriage Letters in the Folger Shakespeare Library

John Donne’s Marriage Letters in the Folger Shakespeare Library

Studio A, Alexandria, Virginia, 2005

Description

This book reproduces 16 of John Donne’s letters relating to his secret marriage in 1601 to Anne More, the niece of his employer’s wife. His father-in-law did not approve of their unsanctioned wedding, since Donne had a reputation as a womanizer and a possible Catholic. As a result, Donne was fired from his job and thrown into prison. In this series of letters, Donne argues for his freedom, his job and his wife.

The Folger owns this unparalleled collection, and produced this volume to make the letters accessible to scholars and researchers. Our page designs attempt to present accurate facsimiles of the letters and precise typographic renderings of their content. Each word crossed out in pen or letter inserted with a caret appears in the typeset transcription. Line lengths and line breaks reflect the letters exactly.

The cover reflects a letter-writing custom of the era: the lower a signature appears on the page, the lower the writer’s status in comparison to his correspondent. Donne’s signature at the very bottom reflects his humility, painfully gained after being punished for his unauthorized wedding.

Juror Notes

A masterful use of type, texture and space. Each spread recombines the limited elements, creating a book of spare complexity.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2005
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Studio A
Designer
Antonio Alcalá
Photographer
Julie Ainsworth
Production director
Rachel Doggett
Author
John Donne
Editors
Dennis Flynn, M. Thomas Hester, Barbara Sorlien, Heather Wolfe
Trim size
9 x 11.875 inches
Pages
112
Quantity printed
1,000
Compositor
Studio A
Typeface
Minion
Printer/binder
Friesens
Paper
Mohawk Satin, warm white, 80 lb. text and cover
Binding method
Perfect
Publisher/client
Folger Shakespeare Library
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