Vintage Book Covers

Posted by Alex

I was exploring the depths of my basement the other day and came across these books. My favorite is the first one, but I think they all have something interesting going on. (I remember the Animal Farm cover from Scott’s post a while back.) The typography of each cover is worth noting — especially the beautiful implementation of the lowercase Carousel on the “Secrets of Health…” cover! The ampersand in particular is pretty amazing. As much as I love Bodoni and Didot, Carousel has a few extra twists that make it more exciting to me.

Sometimes I wish I didn’t live in a design centric city; all the used bookstores were plundered long ago of anything with cool design at work. It is a rare occurrence that I find something worth buying at even the most remote vintage bookshop. Got out here too late!

Apologies for the iPhone photos — it was all I had at the time and I couldn’t pass up the chance to snap some shots. Also worth noting is the price of some of these…when was the last time you paid 25c for a book?

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baaz says:

August 27, 2009 at 12:32 am

Very nice:)

Anybody know the font used on “Secrets of health and beauty?”
What a sweet “b” and “a” :)

looks like sort of a curvy bodoni or normande but cant’s find it…


Tardlovski says:

August 27, 2009 at 6:43 am

i would have said didoni, or maybe caslon 224. alex has it though. that italic ‘k’ is so dope.


Matthew says:

August 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Not sure if they have Goodwill in the States, but this is where I get all my stuff. Lots of Penguin Classics from various decades.


Клон says:

August 29, 2009 at 1:37 am

Следите за пульсом блогосферы на Яндекс-Блоги? Оказывается скоро Татьянин день.


Jeff Finley says:

August 31, 2009 at 8:40 am

I think the iphone photos add something to each. I love the blurred letters on the Arthur Miller Book. That was from the photo wasn’t it, not in the actual design?


Афанасий says:

March 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Здравствуйте вы не думали о продаже ланного сайта?, интересно было-бы узнать цену, если можно отпишите на мыло