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5.25″x8″ Interior Book Page

The opening chapter page of a 5.25×8 print book. The font is Cormorant Garamond 12pt on 13.5 pt leading on a measure of 19 picas which allows approximately 55 characters per line. The page margins are calculated with the Van de Graaf canon using Rosarivo’s method of nines. The outer margin is double the inner margin (2/9ths of the page width vs 1/9th) and the bottom margin is double the top margin (2/9ths of the page height vs 1/9th of the page height) For a 5.25×8 book, this works out to top: .88 inch, bottom: 1.76 inches, outside: 1.16 inches and inside: .58 inch. The resulting text area is in the same proportions as the page proportions and the text area height is equal to the page width.

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Images As Part of Chapter Title

A chapter opening page with an image as part of the chapter title for a 5.25×8 inch book. The illustration is a 1951 Oldsmobile Super 88.

Chapter opening page for 5.25×8 inch print book created in Adobe Indesign CS6.
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6×9 Paperback Cover and Title Page

A 6×9 inch cover and title page with League Gothic and IM Fell ENGLISH SC fonts created in Adobe Indesign CS5 and Adobe Photoshop CS2.

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Van De Graaf Canon

Van De Graaf’s Canon
Left: Tschichold’s “golden canon of page construction”.
Right: Rosarivo’s construction by division of the page into ninths.
Rosarivo’s method of ninths is equivalent to van de Graaf’s canon.

The following pages were designed with margins based on Rosarivo’s method of ninths which is identical to the Van De Graaf Canon. The trim-size is 6×9 inches and the font body font is IM FELL ENGLISH PRO, an OFL font. The font is 12 point on 15 point leading. The chapter title is Cinzel and the dropped capital is Cinzel Decorative (both OFL fonts). The small cap lead-in is Cinzel 12/15. In the Van De Graaf Canon the combined inner margins of a spread are equal to the outer margins. This page layout was created with Adobe Indesign CS5.

For a 6×9 inch trim-size the width divided by 9 in accordance with Rosarivo’s method of ninths is .66 inches and the height divided by nine is 1 inch. Thus the inner margin is .66 and the outer margin is 2x .66″ or 1.33″. The top margin is 1 inch and the bottom margin is double the top margin or 2 inches.

Above: Margin settings using Rosaviro’s method of ninths in Indesign for 6×9 trim-size print book.
Above: For a 5.25×8 inch trim-size the margin settings would be: Top .89″ Bottom 1.77″ Inside .58″ Outside 1.16″
Kelmscott Press The Nature of Gothic by John Ruskin page layout in accordance with Van De Graaf and Rosarivo method of ninths circa 1851.
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A book cover for a print book created with Adobe InDesign CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS6.


Title page created with Adobe InDesign CS6


Chapter layout page created with Adobe InDesign CS6