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About the project

The Extended Colophon is a graduation project by Fay Asselbergs. This website is part of the book The Extended Colophon. The little calculators on the home page are only the tip of the iceberg and gives you a glimps of what you can calculate. The story behind a book is so much broader than what the current colophon tells you. The Extended Colophon is about this missing information, the data that gives us an insight into the people, process, time, material and locations involved in the making of a book.

While the parameters shown are applicable to other books, the project focuses on five case studies based on genre and technique, and emphasizes the story behind the book and the importance of sharing it.

The five case studies are: Whispers: Ulay on Ulay (I), John Cleese on Creativity (II), The Bible, New Bible-translation (III), De Ontdekking Van De Hemel - The Discovery of Heaven (IV) and Gedrukt Voor De Stad - Printed For The City (V).

During the research the importance of the extended colophon got even clearer. One of the case studies could not tell the story behind the book anymore. The data was missing because of the death of people that were involved in the process. Although the information was missing it still became valuable information. It was striking that the money part of the research was the most difficult to find out. What people earned or how much budget there was for the book is very unclear. And this again says so much about the story behind the book.


Disclaimer: All calculations are based on found information.
These calculations are rough ones and can have different outcomes.
Remember that the designer of the project is not a mathematician.