Tuesday, October 29, 2013
THE ART OF THE BOOK JACKET
Book jackets, also known as dust jackets or dust wrappers, have been a part of book publishing since the early 19th century. Most are made of paper and are adorned with print and illustrations. Covers are detachable, usually with folded flaps that hold it to the front and back of the book.
The jacket's main purpose was to protect the book's hard cover. Many times the paper jackets were encased in a transparent wrapper to further protect the book, especially in instances where it was a library volume.
Typically, the back flap contains information about the author, the publisher, and promotional comments. The front flap in turn usually has a snippet of the contents of the book.
Often overlooked as an art form, they also bring attention to the artists/illustrators that design them. Many iconic books have become instantly recognizable because of their cover art.
Pictured above are 10 of the most recognizable books and jackets known today.