Near the holidays, when people close to me begin to ask what I might like in the way of gifts, and all but a few put on their most resolute and stubborn faces and say to me, looking me directly in the eyes, "anything but books," I begin to craft lists of all the books I want, books for which I have no need. This eye-catching Drop Cap series from Penguin designed by Jessica Hische and Paul Buckley is the perfect example of this sort of object of my book lust. The first six titles will be available on November 27. I have read each of these books. Multiple times. I own multiple copies of each of the six titles. I want all of them for Christmas.
Compulsive, I know, but a lot of the appeal of this series is about book as design object again, the focus on typography and the info from the press release that I read at Imprint that stated that each book will have “a foil-stamped paper-over-board case and a decorative color stain on all three edges.” You feel warm all over when you read that, don't you?
More examples of Hische's lovely work may be found at her blog, Daily Drop Cap.