Tag Archives: book covers

From Poe to Parker.

In my course, we’re transitioning. From one fractured poet to another, we’re transitioning.

From Poe to Parker.

So, I thought I’d present you with an imagistic representation of this literary trajectory.

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On my summer reading list:

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Peter Ackroyd is somewhat of a kindred spirit, frequently publishing wonderful material on tortured poets, even novels (Ackroyd’s Chatterton, for example, which I strongly recommend to anyone even remotely interested in the British Romantics).

Swedish detective novels

All the images below are borrowed from the lovely Deckarsidorna and date from 1908 (first image) to 1965 (last image):

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1931

1934

1949

1950

1958

1965

Thanks to Martin Klasch for clueing me in to this great collection!

Faber & Faber book cover designs

Lovely book cover designs from Faber Books’ Photostream:

Enamo(RED)

V intage and modern typography designs that glorify the color red blanket me in holiday warmth. All drool-inducing images below have been graciously borrowed from the always fabulous WeLoveTypography.com, where you can search typographic images by color. Which is how I found these little gems.

(The Ohioan in me couldn’t resist this one)


Book Worship

The other day, I was introduced to Book Worship via a Tweet by the fabulous BibliOdyssey, whom you should all follow if you do not already. That’s not an order, but it should be. Anyway, Book Worship is awesome and, as you might expect from the not-so-subtle title, it serves as a virtual church for all of us book worshipers to go forth and bow down to the gods of beautifully bound text. Especially beautifully bound texts with kick-butt cover designs.

Shawn Hazen clarifies his motivations in the “About” section of his site:

While I certainly cherish “valuable” books, that’s not necessarily what you’ll see here. For the most part, these are graphically interesting, but otherwise uncollectible, books that entered and exited bookstores quietly in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. I read most of these books, but my motivations for posting them here are primarily visual, since I’m a graphic designer. That’s why it’ll be a bit of a mixed bag.

Some of my favorite (recent) contents of his “mixed bag”:

I was so geekily psyched to see the R.D. Laing text (above) because I actually just ordered a used copy via Amazon (it’s one of the secondary texts in the course I teach). NICE. But anyway… you probably don’t care about that. But what you SHOULD care about are how great these cover designs are and how awesome Shawn Hazen is for compiling them and presenting them to the worshipping public in such a lovely way.

Worship books HERE.

Follow Shawn Hazen on Twitter HERE.

Swedish sweetness

It’s finally snowing in Boston. It was 70 degrees here on Thursday. Very anti-Decemberish. So, I’m extremely excited to see the white fluff whisping around outside and even sticking on the ground. I’m about to go celebrate with a fresh mug of hot chocolate and mini-marshmallows. But first, I want to share some fun Swedish finds with you… they’ll keep you happy and warm this Saturday evening, whether yours is snowy or not. 🙂

Vintage book covers and ads straight from David at the Klockarp Institute:

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.