Book Cover Beauty

Thaddeus of Warsaw, by Jane Porter, 1844

I have a collection of antique books, and although some are quite wonderful and interesting in content, there are some that I admit I purchased purely on aesthetics. A few of my old books are in dire condition, but some of their covers are so beautiful that I thought that as a collection, they would make great backgrounds to share. I scanned a few of my books in their as-is condition, you may or may not want to clean them up in Photoshop. These will be wonderful for paper or digital collage, ATC backgrounds, scrapbooking, or even as background images for photographing such things as handmade jewelry or small vintage items for sale. I think I will print some out and glue them to the fronts of sketchbooks and journals. Let me know if you use any, I’d love to know what you make.

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New Family Cook Book, by Juliet Cornson, 1885

Work-Days of God, by Herbert W. Morris, D.D., 1887

Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms, by Thomas E. Hill, 1901

St. Nicholas Illustrated, by Mary Mapes Dodge, 1891

The Women of the French Salons, by Amelia Gere Mason, 1891

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30 Responses to Book Cover Beauty

  1. #1 - the undomesticated wife says:

    Those are beautiful! Such amazing detail.

  2. #2 - My name is PJ. says:

    They're lovely! I buy some old books for aesthetic reasons myself. Thanks, Cathe!

  3. #3 - Faye says:

    These are awsome! I have a few but nothing like yours.These are a treasure! Hope you have a great week! Blessings

  4. #4 - La Table De Nana says:

    I just love the French one:)Thanks for taking the time for sharing.

  5. #5 - Ann Renee Lighter says:

    These are wonderful!
    They just don't make books like this anymore.
    The attention to detail and craftsmanship involved is outstanding.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. #6 - Jamie says:

    These are beauties! Thank you so much!!

  7. #7 - Kathleen says:

    These covers are just stunning. Works of art all on their own. I plan to use one for a collage of Marie Antoineete I am working on. Thank you so much, Hugs, Kathleen

  8. #8 - Sarah says:

    These are fantastic covers! I too love to come across beautiful old books just for their aesthetic value. You might enjoy checking out Green Paper. Mary makes lovely ephemera books using old covers.

  9. #9 - sewspun says:

    beautiful old covers! I love collecting old books. Yes, just to look at.

  10. #10 - Nerissa Alford says:

    These are amazing! Thank you for sharing with us.

  11. #11 - Julie Keddie says:

    I have been silently following your blog for a couple of months now. I just had to comment on how extraordinarily generous you are with images, etc.
    Thank You!!!

  12. #12 - Carole says:

    I love old books too. These covers are wonderful.

  13. #13 - Splendid Little Stars says:

    Those ARE quite lovely. What a great idea to use the covers as backgrounds!

  14. #14 - Lola M. says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, these are beautiful. I, too, find myself collecting old books not only for their content but others for their sheer beauty. The backs of old cabinet cards and postcards I find often have more interesting graphics, too.

  15. #15 - Heather says:

    I agree! Old books are one of my favorite things. Thanks for the scans!

  16. #16 - BitsAndPieces says:

    Cathe, your blog is tops! I love the beauty of old books, too. Your generous offers of ideas and images are wonderful. I was happy to discover that you had paid a visit to my blog. Sadly I have not mastered the technique of drying hydrangeas or I would gladly share.


  17. #17 - SunshineandRavioli says:

    I have a soft spot for old books too…always use them as a base for my product photographs…these are all fantastic but I *love* the St. Nicholas book (swoon)!

  18. #18 - sjhackney says:

    Yes, you can tell a book by its cover if they are as beautiful as these. Thanks for sharing. Sally

  19. #19 - The Redhead Riter says:

    My daughter collects old books too. She loves to "feel the pages"

  20. #20 - SharDon Exclusives says:

    Lovely!!! Thank you for the awesome book covers…sharon

  21. #22 - Mitzi Curi says:

    Thanks for sharing so many wonderful images! I just love visiting your blog, and lately you have really been on fire!

  22. #23 - Catherine says:

    Oh Cathe, Your book covers are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing these – the images and colors are just stunning!

  23. #24 - wendymadeit says:

    thanks for giving these amazing things away – you're very generous! I loooooove vintage books & will definitely be creating with these amazing images. Do you have a particularly good scanner to get this quality?

  24. #25 - The Gossamer Tearoom says:

    I have just discovered your blog! Wonderful images! I downloaded the green cookbook cover and it's really gorgeous! I'm not sure what I'm using it for yet, but I will send you a picture when I use it in a project!

    Thank you!


  25. #26 - LivE says:

    you have such AWESOME stuff and i am beyond grateful for the generosity with which you share them! you are truly a gift (and what a joy to read what you write too). thank you so much!

  26. #27 - Feathers and Flight says:

    Thank You for Sharing these Beautiful Book Covers!
    Have a Wonderful Day!

  27. #28 - Rachel Q says:

    Thank you so much!! I love the Workdays of God book! My husband is a creation science teacher and we haven’t heard of this book! What a wonderful treasure you have.

  28. #29 - Kris Lasky says:

    Thank you so much for sharing!!! hugs

  29. #30 - Mon Amie Koumori says:

    Wonderfull ^_^