The Illustrated Book Jacket 1920 - 1970

SKU: BOD-1311

This hardback book, complete with 371 illustations, tells the history of the illustrated book jacket, tracing its development across the 20th century through some of the most outstanding designs of the era.

The middle decades of the twentieth century saw an extraordinary flourishing of the illustrated, pictorial dust jacket. From the 1920s, as the potential for the book's protective wrapping to be used for promotion and enticement became clear, artists and illustrators on both sides of the Atlantic applied their talents to this particular art form. This book shows over fifty of the artists and illustrators who were active in the period 1920-1970 in the UK and USA, as well as others such as Tove Jansson and Celestino Piatti, and discusses their life and work. A selection of dust jackets both known and too long forgotten for each artist reveals how far the book as an artefact had travelled from the days of the plain wrapper in the nineteenth century.

  • Hardback - 200 pages
  • Dimensions 300mm x 210mm
  • ISBN 9780500519134

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