Birds are increasingly often in the news these days, and fanatical birders are by no means an unknown phenomenon in the Netherlands. In recent years there have been several submissions of books about birds and almost every year one of them made it through to the final selection. Their authors’ agreeable obsession with their subject bursts off the page and the pleasure they take in photographing birds and then collecting and arranging the images has translated itself into visual jokes and other ideas that work so beautifully thanks to the dry presentation. This work, the product of a great deal of research, is surely one of the most original books of 2016. The typography is excellent and the paper used is beautiful. It is all very seductive, and it made the panel very happy. And to cap it all, under the dust jacket the hollow spine is covered with a beautiful strip of linen giving it strength while allowing the book to lie open flat.

The panel were unanimous in their selection of this book, which later in Leipzig was awarded the Golden Letter in the vote for the Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt (Best Book Design from all over the World).

 

 

Golden Letter Best Book Design from all over the World, Leipzig 2017

Year 2016

Language English

Publisher de HEF publishers, Rotterdam

Designer Jeremy Jansen

Prepress Drukkerij Tielen, Boxtel (Coen Hamers)

Printer Drukkerij Tielen, Boxtel (dust jacket printed with three times opaque white)

Binder Hexspoor, Boxtel

Size 170 x 240 x 24

Number of pages 336 p.

Print run 1,000

Price € 29.90

ISBN 978 90 6906 049 1

Font Merkury Mono (RP Digital Type Foundry)

Binding style sewn with glued-on covers, linen over spine; dust jacket

Material 80gsm Cyclus Offset, 90gsm Munken Print White, 90gsm UPM Sol Mat (interior), 300gsm Grepados grey (front and back covers), Brillianta 4044 (spine), 100gsm Gmund Colors Matt 21 (dust jacket)