Undercover: The Art of the Book Jacket 15 April – 17 July

Time Was Away

The Print Room is currently displaying some of the most important and beautiful books from the Gallery library’s collection of more than 19,000 books. Undercover: The Art of the Book Jacket is an opportunity to see books and journals that are too precious or fragile to be on the open shelves.  The exhibition’s focus is 20th century titles and the artists who contributed illustrations, frontispieces, and book covers to these publications.

Including fine bindings by Modern British artist Paul Nash, a large first edition portfolio The Drawings of Henry Moore, and the complete series of New Excursions into English Poetry, for which Mona Moore, John Piper, Edward Bawden, John Craxton, Michael Ayrton, William Scott and Robert Colquhoun produced lithographs the exhibition is a great chance to examine these rare examples of the jacket artist’s craft. Other highlights include House of Fear (1988), written and illustrated by the surrealist artist Leonora Carrington and two painted frontispieces, including a self-portrait, by Hans Feibusch.

We have curated a selection from the bookshop’s archive to match the Print Room exhibition with a display of our own. The wall behind the shop’s till is filled with collectable examples of mid-century cover art including a fine edition of Time Was Away with the famous dust jacket by John Minton. These books are now also for sale online. Visit the shop for a chance to hold these small readable works of art in your hand.

For more details of Undercover: The Art of the Book Jacket visit the Pallant Gallery Website