Category Archives: BOOK COVERS

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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Portugese Vintage Book Covers & Serralves Art Deco Villa

I spent a week skipping around Porto in Portugal a while back and was cheered to find some playful book graphics lurking at flea markets and in musty back street shops.  Some colourful 1960’s and 70’s psychedelic numbers here: I … Continue reading

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Hungarian Book Covers

Just got back from adventuring in Transylvania and Hungary.  Found all of these titles by chance in a backstreet bookshop in Budapest.  Some fairly unhinged imagery similar to the covers I featured last year from Lviv in the Ukraine. My … Continue reading

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1950’s illustrated Jumping Gnome children’s book

 Ohhh Jumping Gnome, where have you been all my life? Stunning illustrations in some dazzling acid pinks and greens here in this tome by June E. Forde and illustrated by Paul Deassau. I’m amazed at how vivid and bright the … Continue reading

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Russian Agatha Christie book

This intriguing cover was one I got most attached to at the book market in Lviv (I managed to smuggle it home too) Printed in Moscow in 1991 this is actually a copy of The Listerdale Mystery, one of the … Continue reading

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Mysterious looking Russian covers…

 These are some more of my choice picks from the Ukraine – some spectacularly sinister undertones to these particular covers.  The more contemporary title one with the multiple faces is just quietly terrifying.   The triangles and angular shapes in … Continue reading

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Russian & Polish covers

Another crop of excellent covers from Lviv’s book market.  Some eye catching typography and Constructivist reference points as well as some classic late 60’s/early 70’s psychedelic and puzzling looking designs too.  This cover below with the black and white building … Continue reading

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