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the illustrated dust jacket | book review

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the illustrated dust jacket | book review

the illustrated dust jacket* – £24.95

i love book covers. a lot. they give me an immense amount of visual joy that, at this point, often provide an emotional response too. though i’m a sucker for a good photo or type based cover, you just can’t beat an illustrated cover.

this book was made for people like me. those that are inexplicably drawn to book covers –  and yes – will sometimes judge a book by it’s cover.

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the book (which of course has a fantstic illustrated dustjacket cover itself) covers (ha!) the 1920’s to the 1970’s so whilst it’s rich and full of interest, may not be the place to go if you’re looking for more modern covers. but, as with anything, illustrated covers now have a strong tie to the past. if you’re interested in looking at older covers and seeing illustration styles change as well as the times in which the books reside, i’d highly recommend getting this book for yourself.
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yves saint laurent accessories | book review

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yves saint laurent accessories - book review

yves saint laurent accessories - necklace - book review

yves saint laurent accessories* – £39.95

yves saint laurent accessories is one of those books that’s quite mysterious and charming from the get go. no imagery, just minimal. gold type, faux bois patterning and of course it’s all set on a majorelle-esque shade of blue. the pages are even edged with the same blue, so from the outside its this enigmatic blue book that’s just calling to be looked at.

and looking inside, you’re not going to be disappointed.
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fashion photography: the story in 180 pictures | book review

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fashion photography: the story in 180 pictures | book review

a flower to be looked at | fashion photography

fashion photography: the story in 180 pictures* – £39.95

 

fashion photography: the story in 180 pictures is a very striking book by eugénie shinkle who is a lecturer in photographic theory and criticism.

after the intro, the book delves right into things and shares (fashion) photography beginning in the 1860’s. the book is separated into decades, from the 1860’s to 1920’s, then in decades right up until the 2010’s. a variety of photographic styles is covered throughout, and i’m happy to see there are quite a few women photographers in here. a lot of art/photographic history books tend to leave out women, which is totally remiss as women are an important part of art/photography/general history and they more than deserve to be discussed and applauded.
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the little guide to butterflies & the little guide to leaves | book review

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the little guide to butterflies

The little guide to butterflies* – £7.99

The little guide to leaves* – £7.99

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if i saw these books in a bookshop, i’d pick them up purely based on the covers. since childhood, i’ve loved animal and nature based books, so that would keep me reeled in. and the kicker? the fantastic illustrations (by tom frost) inside, as well as the informative and interesting text.

they’re hard backed, lovely quality paper and the texture of the illustrations really stand out. easily the kind of books you’d be tempted to buy second copies of so you could frame the images as prints. each book is 96 pages long so they feel nice and substantial, without being overwhelming.
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