Wednesday, 15 October 2014

edward gorey's doubleday anchor book covers

Between 1953 and 1960 Edward Gorey was the art editor for the new line of Doubleday Anchor paperbacks, working with illustrators including Philippe Julian, Milton Glaser and Andy Warhol on the covers for around 200 titles. But around 50 covers were drawn by Gorey. What makes them look so amazing now is that we're used to Gorey as both author and illustrator of his own books. Here, the strength of Gorey's wry macabre style pulls an apparently unlikely range of authors into his distinctively subversive Victorian world. He doesn't even need to use images - Gorey can conjure a curious kind of gothic dread with typography alone. 

See the full set on flickr. A good piece about his other wonderful book cover work.

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