Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Possession (or my obsession with book art) ...

Here are a few of the books I got for Christmas (OK, OK, so I bought two of them for myself. What's the big deal?). I chose these books because their covers capture my obsession with the art of the book jacket, that tangible thing that makes us want to draw a book off the shelves and hold it tightly to our chests as we search the remainder of the bookshop for other finds.

First up, a new edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Other Stories, which collects the majority of Carroll's writing (Sylvie and Bruno, The Hunting of the Snark, Phantasmagoria, other verse and acrostics, you name it). I love the aesthetic of this edition - the fuchsia-and-black palette, the lines, the macrocephalic characters.

And to think it came from Barnes & Noble. Cover illustrations by Huge D'Andrade, cover design by Jo Obarowski.
Next, two of the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition series illustrated by Ruben Toledo, a Cuban-born illustrator, painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. I am absolutely enthralled by these images; they have a dark energy that swirls off the page into my hands, an energy that makes me want to read these books all over again.

Per the book-liner: "Ruben Toledo's book design for Penguin Classics represents the marriage of art and fashion to literature. His couture-inspired interpretations of these beloved classic characters and novels contribute a uniquely creative vision to the long history of excellence in book design at Penguin."
Possessing these books makes my dark heart happy. I hope you are enjoying your holiday books just as much. ~Alice

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