Book design revealed

Following the meeting of 17th December at Bloomsbury when we reviewed the first book visuals (read more), we are delighted to be able to provide the first design details of The New Sylva to our blog readers:

  • book length: c.400 pages (to be confirmed)

  • book size: (h) 29.5 x (w) 25.4 cm x (thickness to be confirmed)

  • more than 100,000 words by Gabriel Hemery

  • more than 200 original drawings by Sarah Simblet

  • 44 main groups of tree species covering more than 100 species

  • publication date: April 2014 (to be confirmed)

Ash visual December 2012
Ash visual prepared for December 2012, showing one of the possible layouts for text alongside one of Sarah Simblet’s drawings.

The drawings will be reproduced faithfully to the highest possible standards, on paper with a colour and texture selected to enhance the fine details depicted in Sarah Simblet’s drawings.

The typeface for the book has been chosen: Foundry Wilson. It is redrawn from a 1760 font designed by Scottish type founder Alexander Wilson. It is a bright alternative choice to the contemporary Baskerville. Read more about Foundry Wilson

Foundry Wilson visual of some text from The New Sylva. Note the off-white paper colour, chosen to enhance the beauty of Sarah Simblet's drawings.
Foundry Wilson visual of some text from The New Sylva. Note the off-white paper colour, chosen to enhance the beauty of Sarah Simblet’s drawings.

Subscribe to this blog (see link at the top or bottom of this page) or our Twitter feed @NewSylva to ensure you are always up to date with news about the creation of The New Sylva.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *