|Apikoros Sleuth is the third novel by Robert Majzels. It was originally published in 2004 by The Mercury Press, and garnered excellent reviews. Moveable Inc., which had worked closely with the author in typesetting the original version, then undertook to produce a deluxe limited edition of this remarkable book. The limited edition features oversized pages, premium stock, greater use of colour, and a beautiful cloth binding and slipcase. Only 231 copies were produced, each individually numbered and signed by the author. What has not changed from the trade edition is the intricate and exquisite typography.
The colophon from the Limited Edition:
The form of Apikoros Sleuth is based on that of the Talmud, in which a central sacred text is surrounded by the commentaries of scholars and sages accumulated over more than a thousand years. This layout evolved through centuries of copying by hand, and features narrow justified columns and dense pages. Using it in a modern design presented several challenges. The narrow columns in particular required more typographic adjustments than usual: for instance, increasing the number of hyphens, which medieval scribes used with abandon but some modern typographers have banished altogether. Every page is the same depth, although the number of words is different in each section of text. A degree of formal symmetry has been maintained between facing pages so that the book can be experienced as spreads rather than single pages. The demands of such a format required flexible interaction between editor, typographers and author, who sometimes changed words or phrases to fit the measure. This continual give-and-take between the restrictions of written English (with its many unbreakable words of six or seven characters), the given copy and the design requirements echoes the spirit of the tale itself.
The text face is Figural, an Expressionist font designed by Oldrich Menhart in 1940 and issued in a digital version in 1992. It has some of the strength and irregularity of nib-drawn forms. The face used for the versals, titles, running heads, folios and attributions is Legacy Sans, designed by Ronald Arnholm and also issued in 1992. It is an attempt to base a sans-serif font on Nicholas Jenson's roman of 1469.
This book is printed on 100t Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite Smooth, and the title-page spread is on the 110t weight of the same paper. The endpapers are Canson Ingres Tobacco and the cloth is Permalin Sailcloth. Apikoros Sleuth was bound by Anstey Book Binding in June 2006.