Books are part of our everyday lives. But, while we may celebrate or curse their contents, we rarely take a moment to look at them as material objects in their own right. Yet, every aspect of the book has gone through centuries of design evolution, and every part of the book has its own unique history, even the dust jacket.
In “The History of Dust Jackets: From Disposable to Collectible,” Danika Ellis dives into the history of this controversial feature of the modern-day book. You can check it out here: https://bookriot.com/history-of-dust-jackets/?fbclid=IwAR0-8lQT2MuERGuS5X3gmfSbcWPqx-XNd4VbZetDOYOC-ZJxn2E8F96pbtY
Also, check out her articles on the shape of books and on the history of the deckled edge (links in article).