The Illustrated Dust Jacket

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Explore the rich history of literary artwork with The Illustrated Dust Jacket. Compiled by illustration professor Martin Salisbury, this fascinating anthology traces the evolution of the book jacket throughout the mid-20th century, from its origins as a simple dust guard for expensive bound tomes to its role as an eye-catching artistic device in its own right. Representing the work of both US and UK illustrators, this book features reproductions of over three hundred pictorial book covers, pulled from iconic works of fiction, children’s stories, academic texts and more. Starting in the ‘20s with the Art Deco period and moving all the way up to the Pop Art movement of the ‘60s, each depicted title reflects the change in visual styles over the years. Along with brief biographies of each featured creator, Salisbury has paired illuminating captions with each illustration, which detail their artistic and cultural significance. An enchanting and captivating collection, it’s a must-have for art-lovers and bibliophiles alike.


•8.75"W x 1"D x 12"H
•by Martin Salisbury
•jacket illustration by Bill Bragg
•various artists
•200 pages
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