This is an example of what happens when a friend decides to visit me overnight via a last second detour on their way home from Dragoncon & I immediately decide we should play in my ~wardobe of doom~ & arrange an impromptu shoot. It’s truly wonderful having friends who will join in such spur of the moment leaps of art-making adventure!
In April 1953, Anchor opened up a new market for paperbacks: the “serious” or academic book. They were the brainchild of twenty-five year old Jason Epstein who convinced Doubleday of the market need for such books in paper editions particularly suited for college use. Epstein’s research so impressed the Doubleday executives that they created such a line and made him editor. The format was the same as the taller mass market size (Signet, Ballantine, etc.), but higher in price: 65¢ to $1.45. Anchor was well received from the start, reaching a mass audience through trade book outlets, campus bookstores and some drugstores. And they had Edward Gorey in charge of the covers.
As art editor, Gorey was responsible for the total cover package, supplying the lettering, typography and design layouts. Often other artist contributed the actual illustration: Leonard Baskin, Milton Glaser, Philippe Julian and even Andy Warhol; but Gorey then designed the finished product lending a uniform appearance to the whole line.
Gorey worked in this capacity from 1953 until 1960, a period which roughly corresponds with Anchor’s first two hundred titles. About a fourth of these have line drawn covers by Gorey. He also designed various covers for Vintage, Capricorn, Compass and other publications that followed Anchor’s lead.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye, I am closing my Etsy shop on Ocotber 1st and for the rest of the month you can order any print in the shop for 30% off. Just use the code “FAREWELL” upon checkout. Sale ends Sept.30th.
Feel free to share the code with whomever you please, and reblog if you are feeling generous.
Can you hear it? Another dream being taken off life-support.
Exquisite photographic art, from an exquisite artist and friend. (The “Titania” image above is one of the first photos taken on our very first shoot together ~ it was magic at first click!) Please feel free to share her generous discount “FAREWELL” code for 30% off these beautifully made prints of lovely visions in her Etsy shop here: http://visioluxus.etsy.com
…and finally, a tribute to our days of 90’s goth clubbing. Wardrobe and boots courtesy of kambriel, nostalgia courtesy of the both of us, and of course vburnham patiently channeling our nostalgia in a Peter Murphy-esque way.
This counts as a throwback Thursday, right? Originally shot for Dark Beauty Magazine issue 34.