I am currently working on typesetting a book and I have been fairly consistent about following the Van de Graaf canon. However, the question arises when dealing with the front matter, whether it is ideal to remain consistent with the canon on the title page (which is likely going to contain artwork within the whole textframe) or whether to abandon it in favour of something a bit more centred.

Are there any stylistic discussions which address these concerns, or alternately, any illustrations of these usages in context?

  • This seems pretty broad and borderline opinion based... What are your concerns of both sides? Mar 17, 2016 at 15:05
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    @ZachSaucier, I assume that there is literature which supports either position, although personally I'm weighing consistency vs. having the title centred, as either could lend a certain æsthetic which could be perceived either as off kilter or correct.
    – NoahM
    Mar 17, 2016 at 15:09
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    @johnp, I have been fairly consistent, although the bottom margin changes based on content, so as to avoid widows and orphans and keep pagination of certain portions of the text consistent.
    – NoahM
    Mar 17, 2016 at 15:33
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    @johnp, it's a great usage of type as image, but it wouldn't go with the content of my book, considering that it is a siddur
    – NoahM
    Mar 17, 2016 at 15:38
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    @NoachmiFrankfurt In which case a classical approach as in Yorik's answer would be more appropriate as far as communication goes. Hope this helps!
    – johnp
    Mar 17, 2016 at 15:39

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The covers are always centered, but the interiors are typically consistent.

If there is a large amount of decoration, it is typically fully centered (with gutter adjustment) but with any "bookish" content still biased to be consistent.

Keats book from Bonhams Auction Title page designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

  • Can you tell me the title of this beautiful book on John Keats? Thanks!
    – groseil
    Dec 14, 2018 at 15:52

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