I often judge books by their covers whether browsing in a library, a book store, or online. The New York Times recently published their favorite book covers of 2012 in a slideshow of 19 images. There are some great book covers among this selection, but one that really caught my eye was slide number 12 from Penguin’s Drop Caps series of 26 classics with covers with fanciful illustrations surrounding the enlarged the first letter of the author’s last name. The designs are a collaboration by Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley. Personally, I think these book covers are gorgeous, but I’ll let you the judge. Check them out!
P.S. This illustration is an example of drop caps from the Book of Kells.