The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970
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The “beautiful book,” an art object in its own right, has become the key to the ongoing attraction of publishing physical books. Traces the evolution of the book jacket from its functional origins as a plain dust protector for expensive books to its elaboration as an artistic device to catch the eye of browsing buyers. The increasing awareness of the jacket’s potential across various areas of the publishing world—from literary fiction to academic titles, and children’s books—meant a proliferation of illustrative treatments. Covers the changing visual styles and motifs of the passing century, beginning with the Art Deco period, continuing through Modernism, the playful Thirties, the pre- and postwar Neo-Romantics, the new consumerism and realist subject matter of the Fifties, the Pop Art of the Sixties. Featuring examples from US and UK, explores the pictorial dust jacket through a selection of more than 300 key works and artists that influenced book jacket...
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