Typesetting with Bourchier

On Life, Death, and Languages, edited and translated by Eric Ormsby (The Institute of Ismaili Studies with Oxford University Press)

The Institute of Ismaili Studies called in Bourchier’s help to typeset a dual Arabic and English book. An abundance of samples of various fonts, formats and styles were reviewed before producing the proofs. Given the many differences between English and Arabic script traditions, questions arose throughout the process, for example, as to whether subheadings in both languages should match in placement or obey the rules of their respective language. Bourchier played a vital role as the ‘middleman’ negotiating between typesetters and the client to ensure full understanding and compliance with the client’s brief.

Painting in Britain 1500–1630: Production, Influences and Patronage, edited by Tarnya Cooper, Aviva Burnstock, Maurice Howard and Edward Town (The British Academy and the National Portrait Gallery)

This lavishly illustrated colour volume, encompassing the disciplines of art history, material culture, social and economic history, urban and regional history, material sciences, painting conservation and pigment analysis, spanned over 400 pages, arranged in three parts across 24 chapters by different authors. Bourchier oversaw all the production processes and stages, including design – the book won an award from the Historians of British Art Book Prize Committee for its ‘stunningly beautiful format’.


Shaping the reading experience

We typeset in non-Latin scripts such as Arabic, Bahasa, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Urdu as well as Western. Our typesetters flow the copy-edited text into the client’s chosen book design template – or create a new set of specifications, as required – add in figures, tables and other images, take in proof corrections and, finally, create a print-ready file.


For a free phone or online consultation, please email contact@bourchier.org or phone on +44 (0)1285 700 737

  • “On behalf of the Historians of British Art Book Prize Committee, I am pleased to inform you that Painting in Britain, 1500–1630: Production, Influences, and Patronage has won the prize for best multi-authored work for 2015. … Congratulations for a volume that really stood out for its integration of formal, technical, and art-historical insights in a stunningly beautiful format.”

    Douglas Formham, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Virginia
  • “Wow! The book looks ravishing. I hope you are as proud as I am because you jolly well should be.”

    Richard Havers, co-author of Bob Wyman's Treasure Island
  • “I think the typesetting has been excellent. It was efficient, precise, and delivered an elegant font and layout.”

    Nader El-Bizri, General Editor, The Institute of Ismaili Studies
  • “The layout looks spectacular!”

    Dr Eyal Poleg, author of A Material History of the Bible, England 1200–1553 (British Academy)