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.

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.

Interior Book Pages with Indesign CS6

The page is 5.25×8 inches, a common paperback size in the US. The fonts used are Rosarivo 11 point OTF with 13 point leading and Cinzel in 18 points. The styles shown are chapter number with rule, chapter title, first paragraph with a dropped cap, and normal or body paragraph. Optical alignment is turned-on and a nonjoiner character was placed between the drop cap and first line to permit kerning the space between the C and A. The first line was set in all caps.


Same page layout with EB Garamond TT 12 point on 14 point leading in place of Rosarivo.