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The Design of Edward Bawden

Today is a good day as I have recently discovered the wonderful work of Edward Bawden (1903 – 1989).  Bawden was an English illustrator, painter and graphic designer who was best known for his book covers, illustrations, posters and prints. He was formally trained as an artist and attended Cambridge School of Art and received a scholarship […]

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Beautiful Book Covers

Who doesn’t love a good book? We certainly do. But a good book with an beautiful cover certainly takes the cake. Here’s a small selection of nine beautiful book covers found this week on AbeBooks. 1. Cherry-Blossoms: Japanese Haiku Series Three. Translations of Poems by Basho, Buson, Issa, Shiki and Others 2. Discovering Aberration by S.C. […]

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Beautiful Book Covers

Sometimes it’s ok to judge a book by its cover. I would be happy to have every one of these new and vintage books on my shelf. Which one is your favorite? 1. To See Every Bird on Earth by Dan Koeppel 2. Spiders by W.S. Bristowe 3. The Mayor’s Tongue by Nathaniel Rich 4. […]

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The New Naturalist Series

Today’s gorgeous find on the site is this 14-volume set of leatherbound volumes from the New Naturalist Series, offered by UK bookseller Halewood and Sons, ABA, ILAB. Signed by the author, this set begs to be in the spot of honor on a favorite bookshelf. nd talk about your beautiful books. A fascinating collection of […]

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The Coolest Books I’ve Ever Seen – Jan and Jarmila Sobota

Here at AbeBooks we are no strangers to beautiful books, nor the notion of a book as art. For those as fond of beauty on the outside as the inside, we’ve created features about inlaid leather bindings, fore-edge paintings, gilt-decorated covers, master bookbinders, Cosway bindings and more. The most unusual and striking so far, however, […]

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Classic Children’s Books Re-imagined by Artist Anna Bond

Even if you don’t know the name Anna Bond, you might recognize her trademark hand-painted flowers. Her company, Rifle Paper Co., has been making stationary, art prints and even wallpaper in her signature style since 2009, but her colorful flowers and painted gold letters had not adorned a book cover until her recent collaboration with Puffin […]

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Monochromatic book covers

A monochromatic color scheme is black, white and all the variations of a single color. The most famous monochromatic book cover is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four but the first edition dust jackets of Tropic of Cancer and Midnight’s Children are not far behind. You’d think using just one color would limit the creativity of book […]

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Pelican Books: The Flock Flies Again

Created by Penguin Books, the Pelican Books imprint began in May of 1937, just two years after Penguin was founded.  Like Penguin, Pelican Books was born to fill a hole – in this case, affordable educational texts. The first title to boast the Pelican logo was The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism & Fascism by George Bernard Shaw. It […]

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Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible in Victoria, B.C.

Anyone in the Victoria area on February 26th will enjoy a rare opportunity to view two volumes of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible at the University of Victoria. In 1998, the Benedictine Monks of Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota commissioned the first handwritten illuminated Bible since the advent of the printing press. […]

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Art Deco ephemera collection on display at Book Club of California

The Book Club of California is hosting a fascinating exhibition for fans of Art Deco, which opens on January 27 and runs until April 28. ‘Design for Modernity:  Art Deco Ephemera from the Collection of Bruce Shyer’ displays art deco motifs printed on programs, menus, travel brochures, matchbox and luggage labels, catalogs, playing cards, business […]

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