Misplaced Fortunes by Ross Mantle

Design for MisplacedFortunes by RossMantle, which weaves together a tapestry of photographs, original and found text, historic imagery, and typographic symbols to create a literal and metaphoric treasure hunt.

On the cover, a single foil stamped hole shape references one of the book’s recurring motifs, while a glimpse of its title peeks in from the spine. The book is wrapped in a shimmering gold cloth evoking the sought after “treasure” alluded to throughout the publication.

Texts interspersed between Mantle’s photographs include excerpts from a book on cache hunting; typographic “cairns” that mark select images in lieu of page numbers; and “Eagle Street House,” a short story by Edith Fikes situated at the center of the book.

The book includes a guide risographed in gold ink that corresponds to the typographic cairns found throughout the work.

Designed with Ross Mantle

Photographs by Ross Mantle

Text by Edith Fikes

Published by Sleeper Studio

Book printed by Kopa

Riso insert printed by Conveyor