Where's this coming from, you ask? Well, one of the projects keeping me from blogging this week is a commissioned holiday card for the most excellent artist, Jim Rosenau. He creates sculptures from old books, and as a result, he's also got a rather large collection of old, musty dust jackets. For the holiday card, I've carved a linoleum block with an interesting quote ("No furniture so charming as books") which I will print over the dust jackets--everyone will therefore have a rather different version of the card. (Usually we printmakers call that an edition variée, but this is so variée I'm not sure it qualifies).
Anyway, some of these book covers are HIGHLY amusing, so I decided to make a list of the best ones and keep it here for posterity. Clearly Mr. Rosenau has a talent for collecting these.
- Doctor Come Quickly!
- Till Fish Us Do Part: The Confessions of a Fisherman's Wife
- The NEW Can-Opener Cookbook
- Strange Animals I Have Known
- Be Glad You're Neurotic
- This Wonderful World of Trout
- Jobs for All Through Industrial Expansion
- How Never to be Tired (or Two Lifetimes in One)
- Green Hell ("The classic account of four men who walked with death at their elbows through the dense, shimmering, fatally beautiful jungles of Bolivia.")
- Eat Your Troubles Away
- Working with Tools for Fun & Profit
- Artists and People
- The Way of a Dog
- How to Build a Record Library
- Cook, My Darling Daughter
Strangely, there was also a dust jacket for a rather recent YA novel, which I think I may have reviewed ages ago--The Book of Fred by Abby Bardi. Anyway, I'm rather enjoying this project, though I think I need to find a copy of How Never to be Tired.
SHAMELESS PLUG WARNING--if you're interested in a block-printed holiday card, I need to make arrangements before the end of the month! So please do e-mail me if you're interested. Contact info is on my website. OK, shameless plug is officially over.