Eighty Years of Book Cover Design
Author(s): Joseph Connolly
Year published: 2009
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 224
Illustrations: Illustrations throughout
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As part of Faber’s eightieth anniversary celebrations, Joseph Connolly – book collector, antiquarian dealer, and acclaimed novelist – has compiled an impassioned history of Faber’s unrivalled and much admired book cover design.
Here is a full and heartfelt tribute, a love letter to the many great artists and designers, reflecting new as well as evolving tastes and techniques throughout every year. From the beginnings in 1929, it travels through the golden age of startling and brilliant innovation by Berthold Wolpe – for decades Faber’s resident art director and cover designer extraordinaire – through the fruitful collaboration with Pentagram, and on to the present day.
From its beginnings in the 1920s and 1930s on to the classic years of innovation under Berthold Wolpe after the War, and from the celebrated period of collaboration with Pentagram on to the modern day, here is, as Connolly concludes in his preface, ‘a lavish celebration of the art and beauty of these magnificent covers, from just the first eighty years’.