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Chris Ware’s astonishing cover for Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children’s Literature by Philip Nel. See the full thing in detail here.

A free interactive e-book about British artist Francis Bacon created by the estate of the artist and Katharina Günther is available from iTunes (via A Piece of Monologue).

Page 1: Great Expectations, the first book by GraphicDesign&, “collects the responses of 70 international graphic designers when posed with the same brief – to design and lay out the first page of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.” The Creative Review and We Made This have more on the project.

And finally…

Jon Contino’s beautiful cover  illustration for The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber. You can’t really tell from the image above, but the apple is actually brown foil, the grub and stalk in are in gold on finished book. You can see better in these pictures Contino posted to Instagram:


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