Book jackets (originally called dust wrappers) started as pieces of plain paper wrapped around a book while they were in the bookseller's shop. Then publishers realised that they could be a way of advertising what was in the book and jackets were commissioned to reflect the contents and by the 1920s the jacket as we know it today became a familiar sight.
The author writes about the life and art of over 50 artists and illustrators from the middle decades of the 20th Century when this art-form flourished.
"Many of the designs reflect the changing visual styles and motifs of the period, including Bloomsbury, Art Deco, Modernism, Post war neo-romanticism and the Kitchen Sink School"
Here is a double page featuring Stanley Badmin who illustrated jackets for early National Trust books almost mini landscape paintings
Edward Ardizzone........ book jackets instantly recognizable by anyone who had children's books in the 1960s and 70s
John Nash. The artist who left his house -"Bottomgoms Farm"- on the Suffolk/Essex border to his
A lovely book to browse and I'm glad the library had a copy to borrow, so thank you to the book blogger who gave it a mention a few weeks ago.
Thanks to everyone for comments yesterday and it was interesting to hear about Groundhog Day.