The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970 is the first study of book jacket design through the prism of illustration. 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, as well as many too long forgotten, designs of the era.
From the 1920s, as the potential for the book's protective wrapping to be used for promotion and enticement became clear, artists and illustrators on both side of the Atlantic rose to the challenges posed by format and subject matter and applied their talents to this particular art form.
Martin Salisbury has selected over 50 artists and illustrators who were active in the period 1920-1970 in the UK and USA, including John Piper, Edward Bawden, John Minton, Ben Shahn, Edward Arddizonne, Milton Glaser and Mervyn Peake, as well as others such as Tove Jansson and Celestino Piatti, and discusses their life and work.
A selection of dust jackets for each artist reveals how far the book as an artefact had travelled from the days of the plain wrapper in the nineteenth century. Available via Thames & Hudson, The Illustrated Dust Jackt, 1920-1970 costs £24.95.
Main image credit: Spines of Books, From the collection of Martin Salisbury. Photograph by Simon Pask