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The Design of Books

Wilson, Adrian

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ISBN 10: 081180304X / ISBN 13: 9780811803045
Published by Chronicle Books, 1993
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The author is renowned as one of the greatest book designers ever. His teachings should be the foundation of all teachings on the subject. There is a forwarad by Sumner Stone. Size: 10x14. Bookseller Inventory # 000682

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Title: The Design of Books

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Quality Paperback

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

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In 1967, award-winning designer Adrian Wilson wrote a seminal work on book design. It was published to enthusiastic critical acclaim, The Design of Books has since become the classic on the subject. This is a newly re-issued volume in 1993 and contains 250 outstanding design samples, many by leading international designers, accompanied by Adrian Wilson's insightful and inspirational text. A monumental achievement, The Design of Books is a work of art in itself and an essential addition to every designer's library. This book is considered a classic on the subject of the craft of bookmaking. A practical and effective compendium of information and inspiration for the book designer, this seminal work provides professionals and students of the book in typographic design with numerous design approaches and the information necessary to prepare layouts and carry a book through the production process. Illustrated with 250 superb design samples, many from the masterpieces of leading book designers, the book presents the principles and methods essential to planning and executing the design of a wide variety of publications, including limited editions, manuals, encyclopedias, trade, and reference books. Wilson's thorough text discusses in detail every aspect of book composition - from the manuscript, layout, typography, and paper to jacket in paperback covers, binding, and printing process. This book was out of print since 1998, but the 1999 edition of The Design of Books includes a forward by Sumner Stone, which brings this classic work into the computer age. The author's spirited approach to subject can be seen in his directive to the reader in the introduction: The criterion is imaginative appropriateness - that sense of delightful surprise which draws a reader to a book and sends him out of the store or library with it under his arm, which gives the book club or mail order subscriber a glow of delight and an irresistible desire to read.

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