Spring 2018

From cover to cover

The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970

By Martin Salisbury
Thames & Hudson, £24.95 $39.95

Originally used to protect book bindings, dust jackets were often discarded before a book was shelved. But that was a long time ago. Since the early twentieth century, illustrated jackets have been like literary flowers to the reader bees. While the old adage about not judging a book by its cover may occasionally hold true, a cover provides other stimulating sensory pleasures…

Cover and spread for The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970 with jacket illustration by Bill Bragg.
Top: Spread showing jackets designed by Heather Standring: Mushroom Cooking (1954), The Warm Country (1960), Laugh Till You Cry (1955) and The Visitants (1955).

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Steven Heller, design writer, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 96 vol. 24, 2018

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Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. It is available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop, where you can buy subscriptions and single issues. You can see what Eye 96 looks like at Eye Before You Buy on Vimeo.

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