Judging a book by its cover

 

Book jacket cover for Random House with images 60692, 103635, 103622, 60823, 149168, 157908, 320569, 103642
Book jacket cover for Random House with images 60692, 103635, 103622, 60823, 149168, 157908, 320569, 103642

 

 

Random House cover using images PHD 587, BAL 4518, LAL 302408, ASC 138145 and LAL 263237 from Bridgeman archive
Random House cover using images PHD 587, BAL 4518, LAL 302408, ASC 138145 and LAL 263237 from Bridgeman archive

 

Judging a book by its cover

They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but with only seconds to captivate a casual bookstore browser, a stunning design can make all the difference.  As well as cropping in on interesting details from paintings we are noticing a trend for distinctive montage designs using multiple images to create impact.

Here are just a few examples including the stunning design for the new Peter Ackroyd book, Venice Pure City which uses no less than eight Bridgeman images including  Plan of Venice, by Odoardo Fialetti (16th-17th century) and Venetian Doctor during the time of the plague by Jan van Grevenbroeck (1731-1807).

 

Book cover jackets using montage. Book 1: Willow Bough, wallpaper design, 1874, English School, The Stapleton Collection, Book 2: Portrait of Charles Darwin (1809-82), 1840 by George Richmond (1809-96) / Down House, Kent, UK. Book 3: PHD587, BAL4518, LAL3
Book cover jackets using montage. Book 1: Willow Bough, wallpaper design, 1874, English School, The Stapleton Collection, Book 2: Portrait of Charles Darwin (1809-82), 1840 by George Richmond (1809-96) / Down House, Kent, UK. Book 3: PHD587, BAL4518, LAL3

 


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