Saturday, 28 November 2009

The Pearl (John Steinbeck - originally published by W. Heinemann 1948) Illustrations by Vera Jarman

Very strong graphic b&w illustrations by Vera Jarman in this book. Love the simplicity in the lines and form. Atmospheric and eloquent.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Cookery Books Covers

These booklets were published by HM Government in 1945, aiming to educate the public how to use all types of food correctly - and without any waste! In those days, there was an actual Ministry of Food (the publisher of these books) concerned with the health of the nation that had just suffered so much in the war. No need for advice against junk food as there was none! Very concise, practical, easy to follow and full of hints and valuable information that many modern cook books leave out. A far cry from the sensational books by all the celebrity chefs surrounding us today. And the design looks cool too!

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Biscuit Shapes

Yes, this isn't from a book - just the cover of a metal biscuit shapes box passed on from my mum's kitchen utensils collection. Classic sixties(?). Cute.

Friday, 20 November 2009

A Galaxy Of Poems Old And New (published by Longmans, Green and Co, 1962)

There are more than twenty of these fascinating little woodcuts in this book. Some are almost abstract and some naive. It does require a closer look to take in and appreciate the shapes and rhythm within each piece. I have to post some more in the future. I've never come accross Edward Nolan's work before and found no information on the internet but I do hope to see some of his work in the flesh one day - maybe even buy some... Meanwhile this book represents the best 50p I've ever spent.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Eggs, Beans and Crumpets by P.G. Woodhouse (publ. Herbert Jenkins Ltd - date unknown)

Luckily the illustrator here was allowed to sign his name (Fenwick?), even though I couldn't find anything else by him on the internet. Brilliant and witty stylised work (I think made in the 50ies - no date on the book).

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Fairy Mythology of Shakespeare (Published 1875)

I've had this book for years before I noticed the beautiful details in these very small decorative engravings for each chapter. No mention of the artist of course - they may have been part of the service the printers (Ballantyne & Company) provided for the publisher. Shame not to give credit to such lovely work.