Before writing and illustrating his own quirky books, Edward Gorey designed covers for New York publishers such as Doubleday and Vintage, cross-hatching his distinct macabre style onto the dust jackets of other writers’ works. Creating more than 200 covers and jackets between 1953 and his death in 2000 at 75, Gorey — displaying, what Steven Heller calls “the expertise of an artist, typographer, poster designer, and logo maker” — had a penchant for detail, often hand-lettering titles and slipping allusions into his vaguely Gothic covers. “Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art and Design” features a broad selection of the Harvard graduate’s dark but playful illustrations, including ones gracing iconic works by T. S. Eliot, Henry James, and Anton Chekhov. Complete with an essay by Heller, this book pays homage to book cover design and to Gorey.
“Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art & Design,” Pomegranate, $40.