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The Art of Book Covers (1820-1914)

Book and art enthusiasts, rejoice! This collection of digital images of late 19th- and early 20th-century book covers presented by The Public Domain Review contains more than 30 book covers with exceptional aesthetics. Online since 2011, The Public Domain Review specializes in "exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas," focusing on works that are in the public domain. The covers are available in web resolutions at the link above. Higher resolution photos and more information can be accessed via the provided link to each image's source. Images come from a range of sources, including: Wikimedia, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, Internet Archive, and more. In addition to the curated covers, readers will find many full volumes by visiting the source links. For example, visitors can page through Walter Crane's A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden (hosted on Internet Archive). Beyond this digital exhibition, the Collections section of the website provides access to plenty of interesting content. Readers may also enjoy the Essays section, which contains contributions from some well-known authors such as Phillip Pullman (His Dark Materials) and Julian Barnes (The Sense of an Ending).
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