A Journey through Jewish Worlds opens up to us the world’s premier private collection of Hebrew manuscripts and printed books, from medieval manuscripts to decorated marriage contracts and scrolls. The general layout is clear and effective: on the left-hand page an explanatory text in two columns and on the right an illustration of the object described. The colour reproductions are of a very high quality. Detail images and foldouts are used to good effect, helping to create a vibrant picture of the richness of this Jewish heritage. Frederik de Wal has produced an uncluttered page design with plenty of white and a sans serif – Vista Sans – that has been particularly well chosen and contrasts nicely with the Hebrew characters. Though not every member of the panel found the semi-transparent dust jacket and its circular viewing ports to their liking, the judges praised the obvious degree of care that has gone into the way the book presents the individual items and makes them accessible and comprehensible to a wider public.
A Journey through Jewish Worlds
Final editor: Evelyn M. Cohen, Sharon Liberman Mintz, Emile G.L. Schrijver
Publisher: Bijzondere Collecties, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Designer: Studio Frederik de Wal
Lithographer: NPN Drukkers, Breda
Printer: NPN Drukkers, Breda
Binder: Van Mierlo, Nijmegen
Dimensions: 217 x 270 x 32
Amount of pages: 304 p.
Number of copies: 2,500
Price: € 49.50
ISBN: 978 90 400 7654 1
Font and foundry: Vista Sans
Binding style: sewn hardback
Material: 150gsm Job Parilux new mat (interior), 145gsm Butterfly, black (endpapers), 120gsm Efalin Wove High White (binding), 160gsm Pergamenata, white (jacket)