Monday, June 17, 2013

Seeing Spots

Ever since I spotted Carmencho Arregui's Book of Old Paper Scraps and her historic polka dot paper, I've been seeing spots. Here are a few more recent bespotted and bespoke editions. The careless Mr. Humpty Dumpty above, is from an early 1904 edition illustrated by William Wallace Denslow (1856-1915.) 
     In tribute to Paul Rand, the legendary Japanese designer Yusaku Kamekura edited the 1959 book Paul Rand: His Work from 1946 to 1958. Kamekura also designed the dust jacket based on one of Rand's illustrations. The full image of front and back cover below, is from Jacket Flap. Gotta love the polka dots :)

< This image of Forget Rita, by Paul Killebrew, is from the Book Cover Archive.Gotta love the polka dots...
The first edition of Polka Dot by Charlotte Steiner, published in 1947. And nothing says polka dots more than Bill Griffith's familiar pop culture icon Zippy the pinhead, who returns in this 2006 edition, Connect the Polka Dots

Polka Dot Tots by Nina Belle Lieberman and illustrated by Elizabeth Tedder. This first edition was published in 1946 by Whitman Publishing. 

Spot specialist Mogu Takahashi charms us with her zine Chotto Omoshiroi from Pikabooks via Booooooom.

And Takahashi's cat video is spot on...

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