The panel were unanimous in selecting this many-levelled book, whose subject matter has been literally approached from many angles but which has still been designed with great restraint. This is a book over which time has been taken: time for the superb photographs of the Normandy coast, for example, for the microscopic examination of the granular quality of the sand, and for placing all this in a coherent historical context. Each element is given its own paper stock which again has relevance. An appropriate Otastar style of binding was chosen, along with a slightly thin cover in which the debossed figures of soldiers from a training manual might have been given slightly more weight – but that is truly a minor detail.

 

The seed from which the original idea for this book grew was an anecdote told by photographer Donald Weber’s grandfather, who in 1944 as a Canadian soldier in the Allied army took part in the D-Day landings. The story itself has ended up at the end of the book, illustrated with photos of touchingly innocent-looking scenes created with toy soldiers. And such a very carefully considered work would not be complete without an index and a map. Literally every detail must have been thought through at least three times – and despite all this, the book remains alive and natural organic. Impressive.

 

Author Donald Weber

Year 2017

Language English, French, German

Edited by Paul Carlucci

Publisher Polygon, Amsterdam

Designer Heijdens Karwei, Amsterdam (Teun van der Heijden)

Prepress Colour & Books (Sebastian Hanekroot), Apeldoorn

Printer Grafiplaza, Amsterdam; production by Jos Morree Fine Books, Weesp

Binder Hexspoor, Boxtel

Size 195 × 290 x 23

Number of pages 372 p.

Print run 700

Price € € 69

ISBN 978 0 9959377 0 3

Font Px Grotesk, Optimo Type Foundry Miller, Font Bureau

Binding style sewn Otastar

Material 150gsm Magno Volume (Igepa), 90gsm Magno Gloss (Igepa), 70gsm Plano Plus (Papyrus), 80gsm RecyStar Color Hellrosa (Papyrus), 80gsm RecyStar Color Chamois (Papyrus), 120gsm Pop’Set Spring Green (Antalis), 140gsm Tintoretto Gesso (Fedrigoni) (interior); 300gsm Invercote G (cover)