Straight Jackets: the Art of the Book Jacket University of Otago Straight Jackets: the art of the book jacket

When decoration was present on the outside of the book, it took the form of either blocking onto binding cloth, or pasting printed paper sheets onto the front and back boards. With such designs, books were evidently meant to be displayed face upward - catching the eye of prospective buyers. The Yellow Book, famous for it association with Beardsley and Oscar Wilde, is a fine example that illustrates the blocking process. In 1949, a selection from this 'decadent' work was reprinted with a matching book jacket wrapping the Beardsley cover design.

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