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Friday, November 23, 2007

Goodbye Madame Butterfly

Bookslut's Colleen Mondor brought Goodbye Madame Butterfly and Chin Music Press to my attention. Like the hardcover of Dave Eggers' What is the What, there's no dustjacket -- the illustration is imprinted directly on the cover. Check out the beautiful endpapers. And how cool is this: "The full-color illustrations on the cover, the endpapers and the table of contents were found in the musty stacks of Japanese used bookstores in the Jimbocho district" (from the Chin Music site). Wonderful.

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6 comments:

Tom Froese said...

I hate reading hardcovers with book jackets anyway. I always take them off while reading.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't do much for me. It has a dated look and type treatment seems clumsy overall. What is with all those curly-cues on the front? They totally overwhelm the author's name

beauGeste

Ian Shimkoviak said...

nice production value. the design is whatever... Flip it, center it, white background... blah. Nice find on the art though...

bec said...

i like the inside of the cover better than the cover itself. it's great.

Craig said...

Joseph, thanks for covering one of our releases.

Just a quick note: the book, bring wrapped in a finely textured paper, and the images and type being printed on this yields a very different (and hopefully more positive) impression of the cover, image use, etc, than what can be derived from the top-most image in this entry.

And those endpapers were inspired by old kimono patterns.

Craig (CMP art director)

PS: You should take a peek at Kuhaku for extravagance in production (2 color silk screen + 2 two color foil stamp on cloth bound small format hardcover):

http://craigmod.com/print/kuhaku/

Brianna said...

I really like the endpapers. I never paid much attention to the endpapers in books, but I've started noticing them recently and there are some beautiful papers out there.