|Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm|
I really can't get over the amazing detail - every inch has something special and interesting to look at, be it a texture, colour, or picture within a picture. Each cover is such an interesting (not to mention beautiful) representation of the story found within its pages.
At the library I work at, we actually have our own bindery where a number of the volumes that are included in our collection are made by hand. When I started here, I took a tour of the bindery where our bookbinders showed us and told us about their process - from the unique papers and leathers that make up the binding to the gold leaf letters hand-pressed onto the spine of each volume. Needless to say, I was pretty impressed. After that experience, I can only imagine the expert hand and time it must have taken to bring each of these beautiful bindings to life.
|The Four Gospels|
These four covers were a few of my favourites, but if you are interested in seeing more, take a look at this gallery of book covers by Philip Smith here.