Don’t judge a book by its cover

Well, except in this case. Faber & Faber: 80 Years of Book Cover Design by Joseph Connolly celebrates the company’s tradition of brilliant jackets, and is a worthy addition to any coffee table.

Whether through simple, yet precise typography, suggestive illustration, or bold and brash use of colour, Faber has consistently pushed the boundaries. “It is a brand that is constantly walking a tightrope, due to the awareness of their legacy, but still it is successfully able to keep design moving,” says Connolly, who was given control over the sleeves of his last six critically acclaimed novels. 

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Showcasing the work of leading artists and typographers, such as Paul Nash, Eric Gill and Berthold Wolpe, who joined the company in 1941 as Art Director and designed the Albertus typeface, the book will be available in paperback and limited edition hardback.

Words by William Parry

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Faber & Faber: 80 Years of Book Cover Design is out on 9 July. Faber's 80th anniversary celebrations will include a special display of material featured on the National Art Library landing, V&A, from August to October 2009