The ‘Golden Canon’ of book-page construction: proving the proportions geometrically

  title={The ‘Golden Canon’ of book-page construction: proving the proportions geometrically},
  author={Stanley M. Max},
  journal={Journal of Mathematics and the Arts},
  pages={137 - 141}
  • Stanley M. Max
  • Published 1 September 2010
  • Art
  • Journal of Mathematics and the Arts
Scholars of book arts have speculated upon and may have proven a deliberate method by which scribes and printers of past centuries placed the text area in manuscript and printed books on the page to render certain specific text-to-page ratios. According to this presumed method, the size and proportions of the text area would assume specific mathematical properties with respect to the size and proportions of the page. In 1953, one book-arts scholar, Jan Tschichold, referred to the ‘Golden Canon… 
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