I am consistently dazzled by the range and choice of book illustrations shown on Will Schofield’s A Journey Round My Skull, and thought readers of the FPBA blog might want to be dazzled as well. Schofield bills A Journey Round My Skull as, ‘Unhealthy book fetishism from a reader, collector, and amateur historian of forgotten literature. Recent obsessions: illustration and graphic design.’ Today, I see some scans of Japanese book cover design from the 1910s to the 1940’s. Schofield has a great curiosity about the books he displays on his blog—not just their illustrations—and provides commentary and sometimes presents the book’s full text. There’s something new nearly every day.
Above: These covers come from Bookcover Design in Japan 1910s-40s (ISBN 4-89444-426-7) edited by Masayo Matsubara. Published in 2005 by PIE Books.
— Paul Razzell