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Vita Nova by Louise Glück (Echo Press)

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Oct 8th, 2020. Artwork published in .
    First hardback edition, Echo Press, 1999.
    Source: https://www.tavbooks.com Tavistock Books. License: All Rights Reserved.

    First hardback edition, Echo Press, 1999.

    Maestoso slab-serif caps, loosely spaced and partly obscured by an oneiric painting, are contrasted with a lighthearted script, to set the atmosphere for Vita Nova. Published in 1999, the book is a collection of poems by Louise Glück, who was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in literature.

    The fonts in use are Eden and Shelley Script Vivace. The dust jacket was designed by Michael Ian Kaye, featuring art by Barbara Kassel. From the back cover:

    Since, 1990, Louise Glück has been exploring a form that is, according to poet Robert Hass, her invention. Vita Nova – like its immediate predecessors, a book-length sequence – combines the ecstatic utterance of The Wild Iris with the worldly dramas elaborated in Meadowlands. Vita Nova is a book that exists in the long moment of spring, a book of deaths and beginnings, resignation and hope, brutal, luminous, and farseeing. Like late Yeats, Vita Nova dares large statement. By turns stern interlocutor and ardent novitiate, Glück compasses the essential human paradox, a terrifying act of perspective that brings into resolution the smallest human hope and the vast forces that shape and thwart it.

    Vita Nova by Louise Glück (Echo Press) 2
    Source: https://www.biblio.com citynightsbooks. License: All Rights Reserved.
    The type has been reset for the paperback edition (Echo Press, 2001). Unfortunately, the script used for the author’s name was slightly tracked, resulting in broken connections. This can happen when using InDesign’s “optical” letterspacing. While the “metric” option (should better be named “default” or “original”) will use the built-in spacing and kerning as defined by the type designer, “optical” replaces this with an algorithmic guess. This can be handy when using fonts with defective or missing kerning. It wrecks havoc on well-produced fonts, though, and must be avoided for connecting scripts.



The typeface used for the added blurb is , which echoes the squarish forms of Eden.
    Source: https://www.amazon.de License: All Rights Reserved.

    The type has been reset for the paperback edition (Echo Press, 2001). Unfortunately, the script used for the author’s name was slightly tracked, resulting in broken connections. This can happen when using InDesign’s “optical” letterspacing. While the “metric” option (should better be named “default” or “original”) will use the built-in spacing and kerning as defined by the type designer, “optical” replaces this with an algorithmic guess. This can be handy when using fonts with defective or missing kerning. It wrecks havoc on well-produced fonts, though, and must be avoided for connecting scripts.

    The typeface used for the added blurb is Melior, which echoes the squarish forms of Eden.

    Vita Nova by Louise Glück (Echo Press) 4
    Source: https://www.abebooks.com Idler Fine Books. License: All Rights Reserved.

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    • Shelley Script
    • Melior

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