The Beautifully Ornate Book Covers of Days Long Gone

I often judge a book by its cover and sometimes I’m wrong, often I’m right. But oh how I wish book covers could go back to being as deliciously detailed as they once were. Let’s take a look at some examples…

Book Cover of British Butterflies  archive.org/stream/generaspeciesofb00hump#page/n0/mode/2up
Book Cover of British Butterflies
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The text is so ornate that it’s hardly legible! Compare this to a modern book on the same subject.

Silver bookbinding - Augsburg (?) - 17th century
Silver bookbinding – Augsburg (?) – 17th century

This is so beautiful.

housewitch: Iran Book Binding, 18th/19th century Via: ghostsintherosegarden Source: ghostcafe
housewitch:
Iran Book Binding, 18th/19th century
Via: ghostsintherosegarden
Source: ghostcafe

I would love to know more about this book.

The ‘Codex Rotundus’ owes its name to its round shape. It is a small book of hours (9 cm diameter) made in Bruges in 1480.
The ‘Codex Rotundus’ owes its name to its round shape. It is a small book of hours (9 cm diameter) made in Bruges in 1480.

We need more round books!

The pleasures of book collecting

17TH CENTURY,FILIGREE, BINDING,Sotheby's,New York
17TH CENTURY,FILIGREE, BINDING,Sotheby’s,New York
SEGRE Benaja,ITALIAN BOOK BINDINGS,Sotheby's,New York
SEGRE Benaja,ITALIAN BOOK BINDINGS,Sotheby’s,New York
Having said all that, there are still people today making incredible books, such as this one from http://www.leslie-marsh.com/
Having said all that, there are still people today making incredible books, such as this one from http://www.leslie-marsh.com/
1860's Dutch Bible, Beautiful Gauffered Edges, Ornate Double Clasps, Simply Lovely
1860’s Dutch Bible, Beautiful Gauffered Edges, Ornate Double Clasps, Simply Lovely
Silver-gilt book-cover
Silver-gilt book-cover
Silver book-clasp
Silver book-clasp
Coronation Evangeliar cover by Hans von Reutlingen, c. 1500
Coronation Evangeliar cover by Hans von Reutlingen, c. 1500
H Noel (Henry Noel) Humphreys 1810-1879 The history of writing or, The origin and progress of the art of writing: a connected narrative of the development of the art London: Ingram, Cooke and Co., 1853 chromolithography and gilt on paper in papier maché and parchment binding Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland / RB 411.09 1853
H Noel (Henry Noel) Humphreys 1810-1879
The history of writing or, The origin and progress of the art of writing: a connected narrative of the development of the art
London: Ingram, Cooke and Co., 1853
chromolithography and gilt on paper in papier maché and parchment binding
Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland / RB 411.09 1853
Koster. Hamburgischer Taschen-Kalender auf das Schalt-Jahr 1828 Hamburg : F.H. Nestler, [1827?]. Glazed paper binding with embossed gold paper onlays and embossed cartonnage slipcase with gold paper onlays.
Koster. Hamburgischer Taschen-Kalender auf das Schalt-Jahr 1828 Hamburg : F.H. Nestler, [1827?]. Glazed paper binding with embossed gold paper onlays and embossed cartonnage slipcase with gold paper onlays.
The “Black Book of Hours” , facsimile of Codex Vindobonensis, a Burgundian Manuscript of c.1470 written and illuminated on black vellum. (Source: dndgalleries.com)
The “Black Book of Hours” , facsimile of Codex Vindobonensis, a Burgundian Manuscript of c.1470 written and illuminated on black vellum.
(Source: dndgalleries.com)

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Look at those Doodles with their Funny Little Stories

Here are some more of my doodles with their funny little stories!

1000 Doodles

jay24

2014. A lying woman is unhappy and dying – the man dreams and hopes and so is protected and fuelled by rainbows and the moon.

jay2

2015. People march on this figure’s speech. They fall, but they get sucked in before they reach their death. The cycle begins again.

jay29

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jay8

Sylvia made the journey from the flaming sea of plastic eyeballs, through the labyrinth of warm water and love, to her home: a hut in a tree, surrounded by life, with God above and soap raining down. But Sylvia felt trapped and restricted, catching her tears to give to no one in particular, until death comes to smash them out of their bottle.

jay12

2014. A prisoner is called to the prison by the flute bars, he explodes into a luke-warm flesh liquid, allowing others to escape and take a boat to a sea full of life – this happy place is only in someone’s imagination and even there, bones lie at the bottom of the sea.

jay18

2014. The ghost is happy, not worrying about anything – it tries to help the living but does not worry about the outcome – it is only a soul and a spirit. A person screams at the sight of the ghost and self-medicates.

jay25

The queen spirit rises from the dead hermaphrodite. She is fuelled by the hermaphrodite’s dying breath, which also sends flames into the sky. The breath channels down the queen, eventually leading back to the corpse.

jay11

A monk basks in rain, weighing abundance with poverty and finding them equal. A distant figure meditates on this. Those in the ground are at peace, comforted by the weight upon them. *This drawing is a re-draw of the third image in this post. I like to re-draw sometimes, changing size, colour and/or material.

jay27

2014.

jay3

A good, angelic Summer tree and a demonic Winter tree. People dance around the Autumn tree. 2014

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Vanished Paths: Crisis of Representation and Destruction in the Arts from the 1950s to the End of the Century

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