The Art of Book Design: The Water Babies


Charles Kingsley. The Water Babies. London: Macmillan and Co., 1886 — Source.

There are a lot of small details that make this one of my favourite vintage book covers; the blue leather etched to look like water, the brightly coloured flowers that float, bubbles and birds and flowing lines all adding up to the sense of being underwater.


From: The Public Domain Review, The Art of Book Covers (1820 – 1914)


  1. Nightjar says

    That’s such a lovely cover and it’s making me want to touch it to feel its texture.

  2. voyager says

    It’s the same for me. I have these urges to touch things and it’s definitely a big part of why I love real books.

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