Book Cover Design: A World On Fire

For Amanda Foreman's new book, a British epic of the American Civil War, Penguin's inhouse designers use three images of flags from the Bridgeman archive for the cover design, displaying that it was more than just a battle between the States. 

 

A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided by Amanda Foreman. Cover design by Penguin.
A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided by Amanda Foreman. Cover design by Penguin.

 

In 'A World On Fire', Author of 'Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire' Amanda Foreman brings to life a dramatic account of the American Civil War and Britain's part in it.

During the titanic struggle between North and South, British volunteers fought on both sides and British guns and bullets littered the battlefields. 

Three burning flags visualise Britain's part in the American Civil War

The cover design depicts three burning flags, dramatically visualising the part in the American Civil War played by not only the Confederates and the Union States but the British as well.

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Interestingly the brief from Penguin's inhouse designers started off very differently and Bridgeman were able to source the images of American flags from the Civil War Archive that were not catalogued or on the Bridgeman website yet . 

The flags in the resulting cover design are almost unrecognisable in their original guise. See below.

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'A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided' is published by Penguin from 04 Nov 10.

 

Union flag (textile) by American School, (19th century) Private Collection/ Photo © Civil War Archive
Union flag (textile) by American School, (19th century) Private Collection/ Photo © Civil War Archive

 

 

The Regimental Colours of 'The 59th of Foot' (embroidered silk) by Queen's Lancashire Regiment Museum, Preston, Lancashire, UK
The Regimental Colours of 'The 59th of Foot' (embroidered silk) by Queen's Lancashire Regiment Museum, Preston, Lancashire, UK

 

 

'Jeff Davis' Escort flag (textile) by American School, (19th century) Confederate Memorial Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA/ Photo © Civil War Archive
'Jeff Davis' Escort flag (textile) by American School, (19th century) Confederate Memorial Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA/ Photo © Civil War Archive

 


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