Most books before WWII were simply the name of the book and author, with perhaps a small illustration, embossed or printed on the cover itself. The idea of a dust jacket didn’t come into prominence until after the war. Printing became more refined and the idea of commercial advertising and art was thriving. These books have all seen a multitude of covers with subsequent printings and editions – but these are the firsts. Some beautifully designed (Ulysses) some not, (The Shining).

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