Product Summary

What are ReproJackets?
ReproJackets are reproduction dustjackets for books - sometimes referred to as facsimile jackets. When you buy a branded ReproJacket™, you know that it has been scanned at high resolution (usually 600 ppi) and digitally restored to appear just as the original did when first produced.

The ReproJacket Identifier
Every ReproJacket has an identifier placed transversely against the fold of the back flap, so that it's clearly visible in an easily-checked standard location, whilst being unobtrusive when the jacket is viewed in the normal manner.

In the past many book collectors and sellers have been wary of facsimile jackets; some examples have been purposely designed to mislead, whilst others have their identifiers in an easily-snippable location. The ReproJacket identifier and logo cannot be cut off without destroying the integrity of the jacket itself.

It is composed of a three-part serial identifier and the ReproJacket logo. The first part identifies the title and edition, the second the impression (printing), and the third the version of the ReproJacket. (Version 0 ReproJackets are preliminary, containing some conjectural matter as individually described.)

An Esprit ReproJacket is labelled as such by an extension of the identifier.

Novo ReproJackets are identified in a similar manner. These Novo versions are designed to improve on the original jackets by correcting production shortcomings and problems. Examples are the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome.

An Example of the ReproJacket Identifier

Printing and Paper
ReproJackets are printed in the giclée manner, using large-format inkjet machines which have an extended range of ink colours and are designed for professional photographic reproduction.

The papers used are selected to match as closely as possible the types originally used, and to be eco-friendly in their sourcing and manufacture. All factories used are FSC-certified.

Colour reproduction is always challenging; the ReproJacket printing technology attempts to match the original colours as far as possible, but it's often difficult to obtain a perfect match. The original jackets were printed in lengthy print runs, of course, which permits specially-mixed inks to be used. ReproJackets are printed on demand, in small numbers, and the colours have to be produced by combining base ink colours such as cyan, magenta and yellow. This limits the range of colour quite dramatically, which is why the ReproJackets machines use extended ink ranges. This means that we can much better approximate the saturated colours often used in dustjackets, impossible to match with laser printing and photocopying technology.

The inks used have been extensively tested for the effects of exposure to sunlight and the atmosphere, and should be colour-safe for well over 100 years.