a pinboard in particular: a book by its cover.
by victoria comment



this is my latest pinboard in particular — i call it a book by its cover and it’s a collection of vintage book covers that i fell in love with. like so many things, they very often don’t design ’em like they used to. always exceptions to this rule, but i love the graphics and typefaces i found in these book covers.


bol.com and the accidental optimist.


george orwell’s animal farm from Professor Booknoodle.


three lives by gertrude stein from Veiled Through Time.


vouge’s first reader from assouline and the bell jar by sylvia plath via philo sofia.


ezra pound’s selected poems and the rose tattoo by tennessee williams, both from design collect.

• top image via minoo design.

8 responses to “a pinboard in particular: a book by its cover.”

  1. Hi Victoria! Glad to have found your blog. Thanks so much for including some books from the Alvin Lustig collection @ designopolis. As one of our featured designers, we always stock a good amount of his work in the shop.

  2. Thanks for the literary eye candy. I love these, especially the oddly cheerful Kierkegaard. One wonders what the design brief looked like for that one –

  3. this is one of my most time consuming habits (also money consuming) i get sucked in for hours at a time looking at covers online, then it always happens the same week i do that, i spend hours in bookstores looking for the best vintage covered books. eh, it’s really not that terrible.

  4. Whenever I walk into any antique venue, the first thing I look at is books. I love old books! I especially love old books if they contain the original owners name; and if they have a gift superscription, I am in heaven. I agree that the old jackets , with their more subdued and more designed covers, are more satisfying than today’s more garish jackets. Of course, I think the books themselves were better, too. But that’s just me……

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