Sunday, October 14, 2012

Around the World in Eighty Days, limited edition by David Adjaye


This is a limited edition of Jules Verne's wonderful adventure novel Around the World in Eighty Days, designed by British architect David Adjaye for Penguin's "Puffin Designer Classics" series of novels for younger readers. I previously feature Lauren Child's outstanding edition of The Secret Garden, which can be seen here.

Limited to 1,000 numbered and slipcased copies, Penguin/Puffin's Around the World in Eighty Days is a finely designed and commendably modest rendition of the classic. Adjaye chose a matte gold color for the book's boards and shiny gilt edges for the exposed pages. Even the ink inside is a golden hue! His cover design is not simply for the front of the book but is fully rotational, and is actually carried around the entire book in a subtle and very clever manner.

Phileas Fogg's route around the world is very delicately drawn across the map on the front of the book and is carried across the book's spine. The book's title and Verne's name do not appear on the spine; simply the traveler's path through Europe is featured in the center.


What's exciting is that the route continues along the other side of the book and cuts through the edges of the boards and down through the pages.


And it's really only noticable when you fan the pages open (or look from the perspective of someone actually reading the book). Love the blue ribbon, as well..!


When the book is closed, it's hardly noticeable underneath the gilt edges.


Naysayers might just consider this a cool gimmick, but I think Adjaye's overall book design masterfully balances the excitement of the rotational motif. A really nice piece!

Below is a shot of the limitation page: this is copy 457 of 1000.



Currently reading:
Just finished Salman Rushdie's Joseph Anton

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WQXR

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