A scientific publication of the manuscript "Sur les Chevaux Orientaux et Provenant des Races Orientales“ by Wacław Seweryn Rzewuski published by the National Library in Warsaw in 2017 for the Qatar Museums.
INSPIRATION: Beautifully handwritten and illustrated, 3 volumes old manuscript "Sur les chevaux orientaux et provenants des races orientales" by Count Waclaw Seweryn Rzewuski's with authors' illustrations of Arabic culture: horses, historical maps of Arabia, bedouins and arabic habits, music notations, calligraphy etc. and handwritten marginalia.
"An exclusive scientific edition comprises 9 volumes: 7 hardbound books and 2 softcover booklets, published together as 2 box sets in English and Polish. The binding features a combination of gold and natural cream color on the spine, a reference to the palette of the Arabian desert: sun and sand. Together with the high-quality white paper, these tones reflect the style of the traditional outer garments worn by Arab men, who particularly value exquisite, natural fabrics.
The graphic design of the box set is intended to reflect the character of Waclaw Rzewuski's manuscript. The format is identical to that of the manuscript: 24 x 33 cm. The typographic layout reflects the style and layout of the manuscript, and even preserves the vertical burgundy lines separating the margins from the text. The noble burgundy shade used in the marginalia alludes to the color of the ink once used to make handwritten notes alongside the main text. The placement of the marginalia, directly beneath and close to the main text, conveys their connection to the text as a whole; they “jut into” the narrative, in a sense. The italics imitate the style of the handwriting. Additional references to the manuscript include the generously indented paragraphs and the use of em dashes, now rarely encountered in contemporary Polish books, where en dashes are usually preferred.“ (from the Editor’s note).
The publication comprises 9 volumes: 7 hardbound books and 2 softcover booklets, published together as 2 box sets in English and Polish; it contains about 3500 pages.
1. Manuscript in original language - French
2. Manuscript in English
3. Manuscript in Polish
4. Album in English
5. Album in Polish
6. Essays in English
7. Essays in Polish
8. Descriptions in English
9. Descriptions in Polish
7 hardbound covers are made of an exclusive gold cover material with colorful (cmyk) original illustrations drawn by the author. The 2 softcover booklets are different, in a cream color on the cover and spine. The typography on a cover and spine – title and author's name are in black, gold and white hot and dry stamping and technology. Black illustrations with small horses on a spine made in silkscreen technique.
The design (typographic) problem was to find a solution to reflect the nature of the manuscript in a layout of scientific book, including very complex various data: marginals, illustrations and references (links) of the manuscript. The layout had to be very readable and elegant and at the same time different from typical scientific publications. The greatest difficulty was the manual (not automatic script) typesetting of a very complicated layout (marginalia and linked main text) with a huge number of pages - ca. 3500. The difficult task was also the typesetting of Arabic texts, tables, indexes, glossaries, bibliographies and difficult mathematical and other calculations. Another problem to be solved was triple foliation (original, library and normal) and hierarchizing the validity of the text, mainly in typographic diagrams and describing maps and anatomy of horses.
The design project started in July 2015 and finished in December 2017; Warsaw and Cracow, Poland.
Client: Qatar Museums Authority
Scientific supervisor: prof. Tadeusz Majda
Project managers: Sylwia Breczko, Liliana Skoczylas, Monika Michowicz
Year of publication: 2017
Format: 240 x 330 mm x ca. 50 mm – each of 9 books
Number of pages: about 3500
Languages: English and Polish sets
The project was made under the National Library in Warsaw, Poland and (for) the Qatar Museums Authority in Qatar.
AWARDS AND DISTICTIONS:
AWARD: in the 58. Competition by PTWK Najpiękniejsze Książki Roku 2017 (The Most Beautiful Books of the 2017) in category: scientific books
DISTINCTION: Polish Graphic Design Awards 2018 in category: publications – educational book,
textbooks for learning, technical publishing