Finally, We Have a Page Count
We have finished laying out the front and back matter, and can now confirm that the Bava book will be 1,164 pages long.
As I've mentioned before, apart from the dual-columned opening spread pages of each chapter, the main text of each chapter occupies four columns of text per page. I'm finding that, in proofreading the text, I'm turning pages only once every 10 minutes. So, yes, we're talking 1,164 pages... but the actual amount of text per page is equivalent to probably three times that number of conventionally sized book pages.
We've also now calculated that the book will contain in excess of 1,200 images -- most in full color.