Mercuries • book design • Υδράργυροι

Book design

for Loukianos Kilaidonis’

poem collection titled



ποιητικής συλλογής

Λουκιανού Κηλαηδόνη


[translation] Loukianos Kilaidonis, “Mercuries” were printed August ’75 at P. Davias lab, in 300 numbered copies signed by the author. 15 color illustrations by Kostas Kilaidonis. Cover and the artwork of the edition by Anakreon Kanavakis.

Pages from the book Σελίδες του βιβλίου

Details from the cover Λεπτομέρειες από το εξώφυλλο

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A collection of poems by the Greek musician Loukianos Kilaidonis, designed by Anakreon Kanavakis. A challenge for the printer [at the time], P. Davias, for two reasons. One was the cutout ‘mercuries’ on the cover which had to have a mirror like background and the second was the tracing paper placed between the poems had to be transparent where the poem symbols were. Η συλλογή ποιημάτων του Λουκιανού Κηλαηδόνη σχεδιάστηκε από τον Ανακρέοντα Καναβάκη. Ηταν μεγάλη πρόκληση τότε και για τον τυπογράφο, Π.Δαβία, για δύο λόγους. Ο ένας ήταν οτι έπρεπε το φόντο πίσω απ’τα κοπτικά ‘υδράργυρους’ να είναι καθρέπτης και ο δεύτερος ήταν οτι το ριζόχαρτο ανάμεσα στα ποιήματα έπρεπε να είναι διαφανές στο σημείο που ήταν τα σύμβολα των ποιημάτων.


Καλλιτεχνική επιμέλεια & Σχεδιασμός Concept & Design:

Ανακρέων Καναβάκης Anakreon Kanavakis

3 thoughts on “Mercuries • book design • Υδράργυροι

  1. Quite an accomplishment. That would be a real challenge for the printer. It looks great.

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    1. It really was. At that time they didn’t have a variety of specialty papers or print colors to choose from so the printer had to improvise alot! Even more in trying to make a transparent window (without cutting a hole) to the tracing paper. Most mediums he used would bleed outside the frame. Lots of experimentation there too! Glad you liked it. Thank you, Tim!

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