Type Travels: The Sword of Welleran

Recently, I’ve become more and more interested in book design and typesetting, and I decided that I wanted to become better at it, and offer it as a service to other people. In the growing world of e-books and digital reading, there is something of a dearth of good design, and the aesthetics that I admire in printed books have for the most part not found their way into the digital realm. There’s an opportunity here for designers to promote the creation of digital books that look good on tablets and monitors, and I hope to contribute a little to that.

As an exercise, I’ve started playing around with some public domain fantasy literature that I wanted to read anyway, such as the (early) works of Lord Dunsany. In that spirit, I’ve recently completed a PDF setting of The Sword of Welleran And Other Stories, originally published in 1908. I’ve tried to make it a sharp, easily readable digital book, inspired by the original designs of the 1908 book, and the design of The Gods of Pegāna, another one of Dunsany’s books from the era.

You can view the original version of the book on the Internet Archive, and download it if you’re in the US.

In the gallery below, you can see a few pictures of how my own design turned out:

Sadly enough, the work is only in the public domain in the US, so if you’d like a copy of my new version of the book, you’ll have to contact me through the astral plane.