Vulcan’s Forge in Venus’ City: The Story of Bronze in Venice 1350–1650, by Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts, Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge (The British Academy for Oxford University Press)
The British Academy gave Bourchier a free hand in the production of this seminal book, the result of over ten years’ research in the Venetian archives. Design and copy-editing were key tasks. In consultation with the author, the designer chose to divide the book into three sections, interleaving the 400 photographs between the main text and the monumental corpus of original documents, to create an elegant and authoritative reference volume.
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’.