Edita Kaye: The Best Book Covers of All Time

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  • 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

    become famous.

  • 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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