February 15, 2019

Judging a Book by Its Cover

During the late 19th century, the advancement in printing and engraving technology produced an influx in book production. Publishers were able to produce material inexpensively and cater to more than just the higher class.
With this increase in demand for books, artists were allowed more freedom of creativity; excelling in book design and illustration like never before. At this time, dust jackets or wrappers were an uncommon addition. Unlike modern times, with reviews of all sorts available for new books, buyers have little information about the new titles. A great deal of weight is placed upon the covers of these books to entice potential readers. Some higher end books usually have gold stamping with embossing or debossing applications. Below are fifteen examples of elegant book covers created during the golden age of illustration. Which is your favourite?

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