Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1999

Description

The design of this book was derived (or so I hope) from the character of the manuscript. The primary document, Cabeza de Vaca’s account of his voyage across California in the 16th century, appears in the original Spanish with a parallel translation in English. Extensive notes of two sorts accompany the text in both languages—one keyed by letters and the other by numbers. Entries, each of which begins a new page, vary considerably in length. The basic design problem was to relate so many variables while retaining some feeling of an historically appropriate typography. I find that a fairly complex manuscript like this one is actually easier to design than, for instance, a simply constructed novel or biography, because its problems are readily identifiable and point toward their own resolution.

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

Credits

Design firm
University of Nebraska Press
Designer
Richard Eckersley
Production coordinator
Alison Rold
Editors
Rolena Adorno, Patrick Charles Pautz
Trim size
7 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
Pages
1,412 (three volumes)
Quantity printed
1,500 (three sets)
Compositor
Bookcomp, Inc.
Typeface
Adobe Minion
Printer/binder
Edwards Brothers, Inc.
Paper
55 lb. Glatfelter Offset B16
Binding method
Smythe-sewn, with slipcase
Binding materials
Arrestox B44000 dark blue, Permalin Anique Slate Blue
Endpapers
Glatfelter Natural
Publisher/client
University of Nebraska Press
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