The Art of Book Covers (1820–1914) | Haute Macabre

The Art of Book Covers (1820–1914)

A selection of the most beautiful book covers from 1820-1914, via the Public Domain Review.

Inspired by rising literacy rates and advancing technologies, the nineteenth century saw the book transform from a largely hand-made object to a mass-produced product. In this new environment the book cover took on added importance: it was no longer merely a functional protection for the pages but instead became a key platform through which to communicate and sell the book. 


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  1. GAWD these are soooooo gorgeous, I could look at them all day! Such eye candy! Thank you so much for posting these, you’ve made this bookworm very happy.