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Book cover showing a pile of 5 books spines facing the viewer with the title of the book with one work on each spine 'The Illustrated Dust Jacket'

Online Talk | The Illustrated Dust Jacket


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Face it, we all judge a book by its cover. Join us online with Professor Martin Salisbury to find out what goes into creating one.

In his book Martin Salisbury explores the flourishing of the illustrated dust jacket from the 1920s. By this time the use of the book’s protective wrapping for promotion and enticement became clear.

Rising to the wide-ranging challenges posed by format and subject matter, leading artists and illustrators, including John Piper, Edward Bawden and John Minton in the UK and Ben Shahn, Edward Gorey and George Salter in the USA, brought their unique personal vision to bear on the world of books.

The styles and schools included Bloomsbury, Art Deco, Modernism, postwar neo-romanticism and the Kitchen Sink School.

Purchase the book from Pallant House Gallery Bookshop



Martin is Director at The Centre for Children’s Book Studies and Professor of Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.