It’s pretty unnecessary to state that I was supremely excited to receive the following Pelican 1969 edition of R.D. Laing’s Divided Self last week. In fact, I posted an image of a very similar edition last month and drooled over the cover design.
If all book covers were as cool as this, I probably wouldn’t mind that they’re strewn all over/next to/around my desk. And couch. And bed. And life.
And here are the covers of a couple of my old stand-bys: two texts by Alfred de Vigny from the 19th century. Stello (1832) and the play Chatterton (1835), which I’m currently translating into English.
These Garnier-Flammarion paperbacks from 1984 (Stello) and 1968 (Chatterton) are the first copies I ever purchased of each text. I now own three versions of Stello and four of Chatterton. You could say I love them.
Here’s another Stello paperback (Garnier 1970), frolicking next to Laing:
Yellows and blues and greens throughout the whole lot. Conspiracy?
Posted in Design & Paper, French, literature, Vintage
Tagged 1830s, 19th century, academia, Alfred de Vigny, blue, Chatterton, design, dissertation, Divided Self, France, French, French literature, Garnier, Garnier-Flammarion, green, literature, Pelican, PhD, R. D. Laing, Stello, translation, Vigny, Vintage, yellow
Adoringly observed over at BibliOdyssey, these covers originated from the early 19th to the 20th centuries:
Several more where these came from. Click over to BibliOdyssey HERE, and check out their beautifully extensive archives while you’re at it.
Posted in Design & Paper, literature, Type, Vintage
Tagged 19th century, 20th century, animals, BibliOdyssey, book covers, books, borders, children, covers, Design & Paper, Dutch, illuminated letters, illustration, kids, letters, literature, Netherlands, ornamentation, picture books, Type, Vintage
I was sifting through the brilliance that is Design*Sponge earlier today, when my jaw suddenly dropped open at the sight of Austin Press‘s elegant 19th-century inspired designs. Take a gander for yourself, and then please please visit Kimberly Austin’s beautifully organized site HERE.
(All images above either from Austin Press, Design*Sponge, or Nibs Blog)
Posted in art, Design & Paper, Letterpress, Stationery & Cards, Type, Vintage, Wordshop Wednesday
Tagged 19th century, Austin Press, calling cards, cards, Design & Paper, Design Sponge, Design*Sponge, initial, Kimberly Austin, Letterpress, monogram, Nibs, Vintage, Wordshop Wednesday