Monday, August 11, 2008

A Question...

...that has been bothering me for ages.

At the end of some books, why is there a page with a paragraph similar to this:

This book was edited by Cheryl Klein and designed by Alison Klapthor.

The Text was set in Adobe Jenson Pro, a typeface designed by Robert Slimbach in the 1990s for Adobe, which was adapted from the original book typefaces designed by Nicolas Jenson in the 1470s. The display type was set in P22Michelangelo, designed by Denis Kegler and Richard Kegler at P22 type foundry in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The book was printed and bound at RR Donnelley in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

The production was supervised by Susan Jeffers Casel, and the manufacturing was supervised by Jaime Capifali.

(Text from the last page of the hardcover edition of A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce)

I am particularly interested in the explanation of the font that was used and its basic history.

Like I said, it's been bothering me for ages (I tend to be fairly obsessive). It's especially bothersome because similar paragraphs are not included in all books, so it must not be a requirement by copyright companies (or something)...

Any ideas?

4 comments:

Jeane said...

I've always wondered this myself, so I'm curious to see if you get any answers!

elizabethcbunce said...

Ooh, ooh! Pick me!

It's called a "colophon," and it is a feature of most, if not all, Arthur A. Levine novels (A neat feature, if you ask me!). One of the defining traits of AALB as a house is that they take great pride in producing books that are as physically beautiful as they are well-written. A lot of work goes into that--there's a whole team of people responsible for these books-as-works-of-art, and it's only fair that they should share in the recognition and credit.

And, um, I have to say, those folks really did quite a bang-up job on that one little book you mentioned. :D

~ecb

KT said...

Yay! Thank you for responding. I agree that your book is put together nicely :) I've always thought that page was interesting and kind of useful information, it just always felt kind of random.

Thanks again!

Laura H said...

Kt Finished Book Thief last night. Cant wait for your review because I have a couple of questions.