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Book cover - True story of eight Inuit who died in Europe in 1880 while being exhibited in zoos
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In August 1880, a group of eight Inuit from Labrador (aged from 9 months to 50 years old) were lured into going to Europe in order to become the latest attraction in zoos and in the ethnographic shows (now called 'human zoos') that were pleasing the crowds of the old continent. The group was exhibited in Hamburg, Berlin, Prague, Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Crefeld and Paris. Unfortunately, smallpox crossed their path and, less than four months after they arrived in Europe, all eight of them died. One of the Inuit, Abraham, was literate and kept a diary. His diary was rediscovered in 1980 and has since been the subject of two books. But till this day, nobody had conducted research to answer questions such as: Where were the Inuit buried (especially in Paris where five of them died)? What happened to their remains? French being my mother tongue, in 2010, I decided to investigate. Four years and three research trips to Europe later, the book “In the footsteps of Abraham Ulrikab” is the result of my research. It tells the whole story: from June 1880, when Norwegian Johan Adrian Jacobsen left Hamburg to go recruit 'Eskimos' (on behalf of German zoo owner Carl Hagenbeck) to the one-by-one death of the Inuit from mid-December 1880 to mid-January 1881. The book does not stop with the last survivor’s death but it also reveals what happened to their remains in the years that followed. One hundred and thirty three years after the Inuit’s death, it is through this book that the Labrador Inuit community will finally learn the truth about what happened to their countrymen. Hopefully, this book will play a role in allowing them to close the loop on this tragic story. This non-fiction book aims to consolidate all the documents uncovered (in German, English and French) and to make Abraham’s own moving words, and those of his contemporaries, available to the 21st century readers. It contains 100 photographs and illustrations of the eight Inuit, of the individuals who had a role to play in the story, of the cities they have been to, etc. This book serves different audiences: 1) the Labrador Inuit community; 2) all Inuit, Canadian, French, German and Norwegian readers who want to know more about this chapter of history that we share, and 3) readers worldwide with an interest in Inuit culture and history, anthropology, human zoos, etc.
What's your vision?
The book will be published in two languages, English & French (separately). Please feel free to propose a design in either English or French. But, the winning cover design should allow for the version in the other language to be created easily since they will both have to be provided hence the creation of the "custom package". The size of the paper book is 6 x 9 inches. Ideally, the front cover design should also be suitable for the ebook version. The front cover should include the title and author name. The spine should be about ¾ of an inch (from 340 to 355 pages) and include the full title, the author name and the publisher (either the name or the logo). In French, the spine is to be read bottom up. In English, from top to bottom. The back cover should include the book abstract, the author’s short bio, the ISBN bar code and the publisher’s logo and website address. • English Title: In the Footsteps of Abraham Ulrikab • French Title: Sur les traces d’Abraham Ulrikab • Author : France Rivet • Publisher Name (English) : Polar Horizons • Publisher Name (French) : Horizons Polaires • Publisher website address (English) : www.polarhorizons.com/en • Publisher website address (French) : www.horizonspolaires.com The design should reflect that it is a 19th century story. Since photographs and illustrations of Abraham and his family do exist and since his name is part of the book title, it seems logical to have him appear on the cover, but I'm open to other visions. Abraham’s diary was the subject of two books published by Professor Hartmut Lutz. You may see the existing covers here : English book: http://www.press.uottawa.ca/the-diary-of-abraham-ulrikab German book : http://www.amazon.de/Abraham-Ulrikab-Zoo-Tagebuch-eines/dp/3926308109 Both books use an illustration from Inuk artist Alootook Ipellie based on the “official portrait” of Abraham and his family taken in 1880 in Hamburg. Hereis a link where you will see that photograph (This link will also give you an overview of the story and you’ll be able to watch a short video summarizing Abraham’s story (prepared for our 2013 crowdfunding campaign) with photographs of all eight Inuit and of their homeland, Labrador.): http://polarhorizons.com/en/abraham-ulrikab I would prefer that the cover design not make use of the photograph used for the cover of the previous two books. That said, a poster showing Abraham and his family was published in a German newspaper in 1881 (and is now in the public domain). The illustrator, J.H. Fischer, got his inspiration from that same photograph but he added new elements to it. I do not mind having J.H. Fischer’s representation of Abraham and his family included in the cover design. In fact, it could be a good idea since I have been using it for more than 2 years to represent my research project. So people who follow my work, are used to seeing this illustration. You will find a sepia version of that poster in the attached files. I do have it in a larger format, if needed. Here are two examples of color tones used in book covers that I like. That said, they are not meant as a mandatory requirement: http://www.amazon.com/The-Scribe-Irin-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00EENAPDQ/?tag=marinbo-20 http://www.amazon.com/Napoleon-America-Shannon-Selin-ebook/dp/B00HUWM2TS/?tag=marinbo-20
Thank you so much for the time and the effort you will put into this book cover contest. I am really looking forward to seeing your designs. Please do not hesitate to send me any questions. The book abstract (in English), author bio and ISBN bar codes have been provided as attachments.
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It all began with a design brief.
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And then… they selected a winner!
As a designer myself, I wanted to get another perspective based on the book details I provided because I am too critical of my own work. He was absolutely great! Easy to work with and just loved the vibrancy of the colors, just like I wanted. My book cover is already being praised on social media. I highly recommend him.
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