This is one of those carefully produced books whose design is practically invisible. Some books have no need of anything more. The collected poems of Esther Jansma are never going to be a best-seller, but the publisher has been bold enough to bring them out in a nice hardback edition that has been soberly designed. Outside and inside, everything is consistently restrained. Paved paths for the reader. The happy choice of the fairly new Collis from the Enschedé Font Foundry gives the book a modern aspect. No dead poets here: this poetry is very much alive.
Esther Jansma – Altijd Vandaag
Publisher: De Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam/Antwerpen
Designer: Marjo Starink (dust jacket and binding), Steven van der Gaauw (typography)
Lithographer: Reproscan, Hasselt
Printer: Giethoorn Ten Brink, Meppel
Binder: Jansenbinders, Leiden
Dimensions: 140 x 220 x 43
Amount of pages: 416 p.
Number of copies: 1,500
Price: € 27.50
ISBN: 978 90 295 6393 2
Font and foundry: TEFF Collis
Binding style: sewn hardback with dust jacket