Everything about this book is right: the illustrations, the placing of the hand-lettered text, the choice of paper and the decision to use just a single spot colour in each story. With all this, plus the evident craftsmanlike skill and care that has been lavished upon it, In the Pines definitely belongs in this year’s selection. Without deviating from its stylistic principles the book exudes the same attitude with an eye for quality in production. It’s a bold move to bring out In the Pines (including a CD of ‘5 Murder Ballads’) as a commercial publication.

Year 2016

Language Dutch

Publisher Scratch Books, Amsterdam

Designer Rob Westendorp, hand lettering by Frits Jonker

Prepress Rob Westendorp, Amsterdam

Printer Wilco Boeken en Tijdschriften, Amersfoort, print management by Tim Beijer Producties, Utrecht

Binder Wilco Boeken en Tijdschriften, Amersfoort (CD glued to the inside of the binding)

Size 200 x 275 x 11

Number of pages 136 p.

Print run 3,000

Price € 29.90

ISBN 978 94 92117 39 7

Font Eames Century Modern (House Industries)

Binding style sewn hardback, half linen, with a rounded spine, foil stamping on the spine, anti-scratch matt lamination and spot varnishing on the binding

Material 130gsm Munken Pure (interior), 170gsm Munken Pure (endpapers), 150gsm woodfree glazed MC over 2.5 mm grey board, Brillianta Calandré 34038 (binding)