Tag Archives: 19th century

Design on my desk.

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?

Dutch picture book covers

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.

Wordshop Wednesday: Austin Press!

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.

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(All images above either from Austin Press, Design*Sponge, or Nibs Blog)