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The plain wrapper with a lettered title is the simplest form but the latter part of the 19th Century saw a proliferation of all sorts of marbleized papers used as book covers like the one shown above. Usually these papers are hard to date.
We have chosen a few at random and these type of covers were popular well into the 1940’s and are seeing a bit of a comeback in specialty binding.
The paper cover binding was made into an exquisite art form in the Northern European countries but generally all European countries made exceptional paper bound books well into the 1940’s.
At times the bindings are more elaborate and often leather combinations are used.
The Gesammt kunstwerk, i.e. the complete art form, a 1919 design by Walter Tiemann, one of finest type and cover/binding designers in Germany at the time.
Sometimes we see similar design ideas years later again.
A hard to read type, Netherlands 1939, translation of a famous German book title by Dr. Wilhelm Reich and published in the Netherlands by the Socialist Anarchist Publishing company with the subtitle: A contribution to social change of humanity. The Dutch tilte reads Sexuality and the New Culture. What happened to Dr. Reich in the USA you can read by following the link above.
We will continue this series on type in future posts. All books are from our own collection.