Two examples of good book design
There's something about the design of this book that says "authoritative", "scholarly". The font is pleasing to the eye; it's not Times New Roman – anyone know what it is? There's something about the layout, the font, the stylistic restraint that lets you know that you are looking at a definitive, significant work.
Augustine. "The City of God against the pagans". Translated by R. W. Dyson. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Here's another example of good book design: the Works of Shakespeare, edited by David Bevington:
One smart thing here is that line numbers are given only for lines with footnotes.
Another nice thing is that names are given in full ("Orsino") – never abbreviated.
Has a book ever struck you as exhibiting particularly good design? Post some pics!