William Pickering
William Pickering
William Pickering
William Pickering

William Pickering

Kelly-Winterton Press, Suffern, New York, 2004


William Pickering was one of the greatest publishers of all time, yet there is very little available on his work (and it is scattered across several hard-to-find books). In addition, Pickering was a remarkable book designer who made monumental contributions to the design of books. Therefore, I felt a couple of short texts on his life and work plus an extensive bibliography were needed today; this is what this book will hopefully help fulfill.
I wanted to make a book that would be in sympathy with Pickering’s own design principles, so I used decorative elements that Pickering commissioned in the 19th century, along with the Caslon font, which he championed. I researched decorative materials used by Pickering and his major printer for reproduction in this book. I also used three versions of digitized Caslon—Adobe Caslon, C&C Big Caslon and Founder’s Caslon—in order to achieve the most accurate appearance of the original Caslon fonts. Finally, the selection of illustrations from Pickering’s work was critical, and I went to great lengths to represent the design of his books as well as possible.
The book has already been cited by several book people as the definitive listing of Pickering’s oeuvre. In addition, the illustrations have opened people’s eyes to Pickering’s contribution to the design of books—not only in his own time, but also as an example for subsequent designers, such as D. B. Updike, Bruce Rogers and Stanley Morison.

Collections: 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2004
Repository: Denver Art Museum
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book


Design firm
Kelly-Winterton Press
Art director/creative director/designer
Jerry Kelly
Robert Lorenson
Production director
Jerry Kelly
Production coordinator
Jerry Kelly
Picture editor
Jerry Kelly
Joseph Blumenthal, Arthur Warren, Jerry Kelly
Jerry Kelly
Kelly-Winterton Press
Trim size
5 ½ x 8 ½ inches
Quantity printed
Jerry Kelly
The Studley Press
Fox River Teton, Warm White, 80 lb. text
Judi Conant
Binding method
Smyth sewn, case binding in three-piece cover