Introduction * Profiles of over 50 illustrators
As the 'beautiful book' comes back into vogue, Martin Salisbury delves into the history of the illustrated book jacket, tracing its development across the 20th century through some of the most iconic designs of the era.
Martin Salisbury is Professor of Illustration at Cambridge School of Art in Anglia Ruskin University. He trained as an illustrator at art school in the 1970s before working as an artist, illustrator, lecturer and writer. He is the author of a number of books on the practice and theory of illustration, which have been published in numerous languages around the world.
'The richest feast for the eye, garnished with sharp learning' -
John Sutherland, The Spectator
'Sumptuous ... drips with period flavour and shows how false the distinction between fine and applied art can be' - Michael Prodger, New Statesman
'Gorgeous ... dust jackets are an underrated art' - The Oldie
'The dust jacket doffed and donned in the 20th century ... There is a glorious cast of subjects ripe for rediscovery' - The Art Newspaper
'A delightful, deeply learned anthology' - Literary Review
'Irresistibly nostalgic' - Observer
'A lovely, slightly foxed thing, perfect for Boxing Day' - Sunday Herald
'A beautiful book, about beautiful books' - Caught by the River
'Evocative' - Choice
'A sheer delight' - Yorkshire Post