Conceived by Rohan Murty and planned and published by Harvard University Press, the Murty Classical Library of India is a bold project to revive Indian classical literature and make it widely available and accessible. The goal is to publish more than 500 books of classical Indian literature over the course of the next 100 years!
The concept and beautiful design of the books was done by Rathna Ramanathan. A range of new Indian types were specially commissioned from Fiona Ross and John Hudson of Tiro Typeworks. The Arabic type used for Persian is Nassim by Titus Nemeth, presented here in the book The History of Akbar, Vol I. The Latin is Henrik Kubel’s Antwerp.
The jacket design of the series is by Andrea A. Stranger. See the Murti Library’s website for more information on the design and typography.
Anybody is able to identify the display typeface in yellow on the book cover?
That’s Minister. It is also used for the italic by-line. Added!
“Murty Classical Library of India ” is set in Arno.
The series logo and jacket design were selected in an international design competition. The winning concept by Andrea A. Stranger was chosen for its grace, spirit, and timelessness. The elephant as a symbol has historic significance in both Indian and Western cultures. The pattern and the vibrant palette is characteristic of South Asia and complements the elegant Western typography.
Contributed by Anna Giedryś
Contributed by Indra Kupferschmid
Photo(s) by “mikeyashworth” on Flickr.