The unusual process used for the printing of Allegory of the Cave Painting, a book full of critical reflections and deliberations about cave paintings, is rainbow printing. Here it has been used for the entire book. It entails gradual shifts back and forth in the colour of the ink, here based on a mix of copper and red, shifting to black from one section to the next to create the impression of infinite variety. The cover too is printed by this method in a single pass. The overall effect is that the entire run ranges from red/brown covers to deep black copies, giving each individual book a unique cover.


The judges were impressed by this fluid character, but sometimes felt the information was presented in a rather heaped-up and crammed-in way that is not always particularly subtle. Nor is it always easy to find one’s way through the book, partly because the content is not a little abstruse. The cream paper, on the other hand, was deemed a good choice – and the cover is compelling. There was also praise for the excellently legible typography, and the panel thought the parallel of the dots on the pages was a great success.

Author Mihnea Mirca, Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei (ed.)

Year 2015

Language English

Publisher Mousse Publishing, Milan (IT)

Designer Remco van Blader, Corine van der Wal

Prepress Raddraaier, Amsterdam

Printer Raddraaier, Amsterdam (interior and cover in rainbow printing)

Binder Hexspoor, Boxtel

Size 130 x 210 x 28

Number of pages 456 p.

Print run 1,200

Price € 26

ISBN 978 88 6749 116 2

Font Garvis Pro (James Todd), Yonder (Remco van Bladel)

Binding style sewn Otabind with flaps

Material 80gsm Olin Rough cream 1.4 (interior), 160gsm Conqueror Contour cream (cover)