The Look of the Book

Despite idiomatic warnings not to judge a book by its cover, nevertheless there are some books which grab our attention and whose covers become instant classics. The Look of the Book is a stylish examination of the art of the book cover through notable examples and the stories behind them. This fascinating inside look at the intersection of culture and commerce challenges our notions of what a book cover can and should be, giving the reader a new appreciation for the skill and artistry that goes into book design.

Featuring interviews with artists and literary luminaries, galleries of the many different jackets of bestselling books, and more. Authored by legendary designer and art director Peter Mendelsund who has designed iconic covers for authors such as David Sedaris, Stieg Larsson, Yaa Gyasi, Jo Nesbo, Kazuo Ishiguro and Harvard humanities professor David Alworth; Mendelsund is one of our most important contemporary graphic designers.

Textured paper over board cover with embossing and spot gloss, heavy interior paper stock and two 8 page gatefolds.

  • Hardback
  • 256 pages
  • 31 x 32 x 2.7 cm

Collections: Art, Books, Design, New, The Arts

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