The middle decades of the twentieth century saw an extraordinary flourishing of the illustrated, pictorial dust jacket. From the 1920s, as the potential for the book's protective wrapping to be used for promotion and enticement became clear, artists and illustrators on both sides of the Atlantic applied their talents to this particular art form.
Martin Salisbury has selected over fifty of the artists and illustrators who were active in the period 1920-1970, mostly in the UK and USA, and discusses their life and work.
A selection of dust jackets for each artist reveals how far the book as an artefact had travelled from the days of the plain wrapper in the nineteenth century.
// Dust jacket illustrated by Bill Bragg
// 22cm x 31cm approx