Judging Books By Their Covers

By Amy Ehmann of Design Lotus

I must confess – I’m not a bookworm by any means. I prefer my books with lots of pretty pictures, but for these beautiful book collections, consider me a bibliophile. They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but in these are certainly the exceptions.

Above are favorite childhood stories with book covers by the infamous chalk artist, Dana Tanamachi. Her gorgeous chalk lettering makes the stories jump right off of the covers.

I first spotted these beauties carefully scattered though out my favorite store – Anthropologie. I would love to get them for my daughters room, but I fear they would not last very long. And that would be a crying shame. The binding designs were created by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazini.

You may recognize these works of art by type designer Jessica Hische. She was commissioned by Penguin Classics to create 26 gorgeous alphabet letters on each cover. I love the rainbow bright colors and the fact that they’re hardcovers.

Jessica Hische strikes again with these collector editions for Barnes and Noble. She the master at perfect flourishes and custom type.

These cloth bound beauts have are the works of several renown artists commissioned by White’s Books. My favorite has to be the Sherlock Holmes cover with it’s ribbon-like smoke winding endlessly into the darkness.