Sadly very little in the way of novels gets submitted for judging in The Best Dutch Book Designs, but here is one example. The publisher has elected for a hardback edition, foil printing and a modest bellyband, headbands and a ribbon marker. This is a luxury edition of 6,000 copies. The panel were highly appreciative of the care that has gone into this undertaking, though the choice of paper for the interior was felt to be regrettable. Perhaps it was dictated by the size of the print run, though this title is guaranteed to see good sales. The occasional bled-off double page spreads marking the beginning of a new period in the narrative are surprisingly out of the ordinary and a distinct adornment.This beautifully designed series was nominated as a single entry.

Year 2016

Language Dutch, translated by Marin Mars

Edited by Rebecca Wilson

Publisher De Geus, Amsterdam

Designer Kris Demey, page make-up by De Geus (Peter van den Akker), illustrations by Jan Van Der Veken (binding), Vanessa Baird (Herfst) / Lars Lerin (Winter)

Prepress Uccello Grafico, Amstelveen

Printer Wilco Boeken en Tijdschriften, Amersfoort

Binder Wilco Boeken en Tijdschriften, Amersfoort

Size 125 x 200 x 19 / 125 x 200 x 22

Number of pages 288 p. / 320 p.

Print run 7,000 (Herfst) / 6,000 (Winter)

Price € 19.99

ISBN 978 90 445 3633 1 (Herfst) / 978 90 445 3635 5 (Winter)

Font Garamond Pro (Adobe)

Binding style unsewn hardback with a rounded spine, foil stamping

Material 90gsm Munken Premium Cream 19.5 (interior), 140gsm Oria tinted offset (endpapers), Brillianta 4197 over 2.5 mm grey board (Herfst) / Brillianta Calandré 34004 over 2.5 mm grey board (Winter) (binding)