Category Archives: BOOK COVERS

Vintage Finnish book illustration – Outi Markkanen

During my time in Finland, scouring charity shops or ‘kirpiis’ I was hoping to find some odd publications to blog about so was thrilled to come across this beautiful children’s book ‘Kurnau ja Kamaluu.’  Typing that into a translation tool … Continue reading

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1970’s Cook Book – Lots of Fun to Cook

I found this wee artifact of 1970’s insanity in a junk shop in Victoria Park, Hackney in London, many moons ago now.  It reminded me of a similarly nutty retro cookbook I actually had as a kid, with all sorts … Continue reading

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Studio Visit and Artist Interview: Jurri Arrak

I first came across the work of Estonian artist Jüri Arrak through friends of Kuriosas 50 Watts in the US who unearth all kinds of beautiful and crazed book illustrations from around the globe. These images of Arrak’s children book … Continue reading

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1920’s German Silent Film-making book

 I came across this wonderful original film tome from the 1920’s on a recent trip to Berlin I spotted it nestling at a Kreuzberg fleamarket and was drawn in by it’s cover, finely crafted using delicately cut out paper With … Continue reading

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1940’s Funghi Book covers

I came across this cheeky duo at the market I run recently and was so charmed by the bold, pop graphics and supreme colour scheme I had to manhandle a customer who’d already bought them and ask if I could … Continue reading

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1930’s Portugese Maths Book

One of my favourite recent finds – fantastic magentas on this pretty charming 1930’s illustrated times tables pamphlet.  Found in a junk shop in Porto, Portugal – (if you like this, also worth looking at my other post from there … Continue reading

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Vintage John Donne book

I came across this handsome edition of John Donne’s love poems recently in a Highgate charity shop. A choice example of mid-century book graphics, it was printed right on the half-century mark in 1950.  The points and diamond shapes made … Continue reading

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