November 11th, 2010

B is for Book Covers

We are often told to “never judge a book by it’s cover” and in most cases I believe this to be very good advice. However, when dealing with books, the decision whether to purchase versus simply loan from a friend is certainly based on the merit of the cover.

Since discovering an enthusiastic appreciation for Alvin Lustig Covers, I consider book series as art for display in my home. I’ll admit, I was sucked into the fad of repurchasing the brilliantly orange classic Penguin series, too lazy to source the originals as diligently as my cousin, stylist Briar of Sunday Collector blog, had done. I couldn’t help myself, they match the aboriginal artwork and mohair throw in my loungeroom. Next I hope to own are Coralie Bickford-Smith’s gorgeous Art Deco inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald Hardback Classics, they match my bedroom.

Image 2. Coralie Bickford-Smith’s Penguin Book of Irish Poetry.

Image 3. Tissue papering for Peter Carey Backlist by Jenny Grigg at Faceout Books.

Image 4. Bird & Banner‘s DIY Vintage Book Table Numbers via Once Wed.