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Book-jackets: Their History, Forms, and Use
Book-jackets (or "dust-jackets," as they are often called), along with other detachable book coverings such as slip-cases, have been regularly used by publishers in the English-speaking world and some countries of the European continent since the early part of the nineteenth century. Historians of publishing practices, however, have not accorded them the scrutiny that one ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published October 2011 by Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia
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I read a review for this one and was very excited about it. Unfortunately, I think I got too excited about it - while full of facts it is a dense read with more footnotes and endnotes than text. I was hoping for more on book jacket trends, especially with the changes in paperbacks to reflect the feel of traditional book jackets. One thing that came up multiple times in the text was a lament about how many libraries do not preserve the jackets of books, but based on this text I cannot see a ...more