The Best Book Covers of All Time
Created by Edita Kaye
To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf
Designed by Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolfs older sister, this book cover displays a
semi-abstracted image that can be seen as a
representation of the books intensity in the last few
Prejudices: A Selection
by H.L Mencken
American designer Paul Rand created this modern-looking
book cover, known to be influenced by Modernists
Kandinsky, Klee, and Miro. Booksellers loved Rands
jackets because they drew so much attention to potential
buyers and were unlike anything else on the shelves.
Psycho by Robert BlochTony Palladino knew that
limited means could create maximum impact as he
designed this spooky cover. Alfred Hitchcock even
purchased the rights to use the lettering from this jacket for his film, whose opening credit sequence would later
The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet
Christoph Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke
This beautifully detailed hard-covered jacket is one of many
German Insel Bcherei editions, known for their
delicate, consistent design that appealed to financially
modest customers. And keep your eyes peeled, because these small hardbacks are still being produced today!
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
by James Joyce
This pocketable, modern-looking paperback paved the way for Penguins notable tri-
band jacket design that occurred in the mid 1930s, suggesting that anybody could afford good quality
A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
Perhaps one of the most recognizable book covers of
all time, David Pelhams cover quickly became a classic.
The use of primary colors and bold contrasts was
revolutionary at the time, and disturbing given the content
of the book.
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran
Youll recognize the hand-drawn scrawl of this jacket on a lot books published in todays age, but not many
have been able to match the energy of this particular
cover designed by Jon Gray in 2003.
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