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Sep 14, 2014
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Alvin Lustig’s book covers

I was killing some time in South Congress Books the other day and the clerk showed me some original New Directions books with these Alvin Lustig covers and they really knocked me out. (The images above are via Cooper Hewitt Collectionthis is what they look like IRL.) I ended up buying this edition of Miss Lonelyhearts, because, sure, it was the cheapest they had (Kafka’s AMERIKA was $600+), but it’s also one of my favorite books.)

While I wait on my copy of Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig to get here, here’s his official site, here’s more on his work, a collage of his author names, an exhibit of his work with his wife, and a huge Flickr set of his work.

Oh, and New Directions also sells a postcard collection of these covers.

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largeheartedboy:

Gorgeous new editions of Italo Calvino’s Collection of Sand and Into the War from Mariner Books.

Wonderful covers by Peter Mendelsund and Oliver Munday. Dig also The Complete Cosmicomics.

largeheartedboy:

Gorgeous new editions of Italo Calvino’s Collection of Sand and Into the War from Mariner Books.

Wonderful covers by Peter Mendelsund and Oliver Munday. Dig also The Complete Cosmicomics.

Sep 09, 2014
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Edward Gorey’s covers for Doubleday Anchor Paperbacks

From goreyography.com:

In April 1953, Anchor opened up a new market for paperbacks: the “serious” or academic book. They were the brainchild of twenty-five year old Jason Epstein who convinced Doubleday of the market need for such books in paper editions particularly suited for college use. Epstein’s research so impressed the Doubleday executives that they created such a line and made him editor. The format was the same as the taller mass market size (Signet, Ballantine, etc.), but higher in price: 65¢ to $1.45. Anchor was well received from the start, reaching a mass audience through trade book outlets, campus bookstores and some drugstores. And they had Edward Gorey in charge of the covers.

As art editor, Gorey was responsible for the total cover package, supplying the lettering, typography and design layouts. Often other artist contributed the actual illustration: Leonard Baskin, Milton Glaser, Philippe Julian and even Andy Warhol; but Gorey then designed the finished product lending a uniform appearance to the whole line.

Gorey worked in this capacity from 1953 until 1960, a period which roughly corresponds with Anchor’s first two hundred titles. About a fourth of these have line drawn covers by Gorey. He also designed various covers for Vintage, Capricorn, Compass and other publications that followed Anchor’s lead.

Browse a wonderful set of these covers on Flickr→

Filed under: Edward Gorey

Feb 22, 2014
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If I remember correctly, my editor and I were on the phone talking about format ideas and trim sizes for Steal Like An Artist, and the problem was that my slides for the original talk were landscape format but books are usually portrait format. So I think Bruce suggested meeting in the middle and making it square.

So I went hunting for square books, and it turned out that James Kochalka’s The Cute Manifesto, one of my favorite little square books, is in the exact trim size we were talking about using, 6x6. So I drew up a cover, printed it out, and wrapped it around my copy to make a dummy book:

dummy book

I took that up to Workman and left it with them, and the story goes that they mocked up a bunch of other covers and laid them all out, but the late Peter Workman pointed to my dummy book and said, “That one.” (I regret so much that we never got to meet.)

It’s very, very rare that an author gets to do the covers for his books, but much to the credit of the Workman design team, they’ve let me in on every part of the process. I think part of what made that cover work is that it’s too stupidly simple—I’m not sure any real book cover designer would dare suggest something so simple.

Anyways, when it came time for Show Your Work!, I really conceived of both books as a kind of “Robin Hood” box set — you steal, and then you share — so it made sense to make them the same trim size. (We’ll see about the box set…)

May 17, 2013
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Death stops the manuscript. (via)

Death stops the manuscript. (via)

Feb 03, 2013
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Cover for James Joyce’s Ulysses by Peter Mendelsund


  he was covered in the detritus of his work

Cover for James Joyce’s Ulysses by Peter Mendelsund

he was covered in the detritus of his work

Nov 16, 2012
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Aug 21, 2012
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Fire In!

Back cover of The Bill Alexander Story (Bob Ross’s predecessor)

Fire In!

Back cover of The Bill Alexander Story (Bob Ross’s predecessor)

Aug 19, 2012
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heyoscarwilde:

It’s a Long Way to the Top
via DEM’s Book Shelves 

F yeah, William Steig!

heyoscarwilde:

It’s a Long Way to the Top

via DEM’s Book Shelves 

F yeah, William Steig!

Feb 10, 2012
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Ernie Bushmiller, Nancy Is Happy: Complete Dailies 1943-1945 (Vol. 1)

Awesome. Filed under: Nancy

Ernie Bushmiller, Nancy Is Happy: Complete Dailies 1943-1945 (Vol. 1)

Awesome. Filed under: Nancy

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