Morocco leather is a pliable material that has been valued in luxury book bindings since the late 16th century. Its strength provided a rich backdrop for showcasing embellishments, and it is this classic leather and gilt combination that has inspired us to create this cover.
We have gone back to our publishing roots with our collection of Old Leather Classics, celebrating what it is about Renaissance-style gold tooled bindings that we have always found so captivating: the rich hues of the dyed leather. The timeless beauty of an antique leather binding is brought into the present on the cover of this deep blue book.
Ancient spiritual practices meet modern digital art in this kaleidoscopic cover featuring the work of Android Jones. Dharma Dragon asks the viewer to focus on the potential for awakening, the power of the ancient third eye and the early reverberations of the time that lies before us.
Originally titled “Imagine,” the Laurel Burch painting reproduced on this cover celebrates her imaginative nature and love of life. Burch’s goal was to inspire joy and raise people’s spirits and, though she passed away in 2007, her uplifting artworks continue to spread happiness today.
The artistic mecca of Shiraz, Iran is the place of origin for this design. Created during the high point of Persia’s Safavid Dynasty, the book that inspired this cover is said to have been in the possession of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman Empire’s longest-reigning Sultan.
The original leather binding reproduced on this cover was made around the turn of the 19th century in the city of Urbino, the picturesque capital of the Marche region of Italy. It contained a religious treatise translated from French into Italian by Princess Maria Anna Matilde, whose husband was the lord of the city.
Owing to the talents of masters such as Olena Skytsiuk, the Petrykivka style of painting continues to be a living, distinct form of folk art inspired by a guileless cherishing of the bountiful Ukrainian nature.
With its chrysanthemum theme and tiny details, there is fine-boned artistry in every brush stroke and kaleidoscopic hue of this design. By reproducing Michiko Kamee’s artwork using our unique printing processes, we celebrate the universal beauty of this particular cultural style.
Olena Skytsiuk is one of the foremost practitioners of Ukrainian “Petrykivka” painting, a style born in the 17th century. Originally, these paintings were used to decorate household objects and were displayed against a white background. Today’s Petrykivka artists work on colourful backgrounds, as seen on our Dayspring cover.
In the piece originally titled “Meet Me at the Poppy Field” and recreated here, Mila has brought to life the story of a little butterfly fairy meeting up with her best friend on a warm, early summer eve.
Olena Skytsiuk is one of the foremost practitioners of Ukrainian Petrykivka painting, a technique in which special brushes crafted from cat hairs create a visual effect unlike any other. In each design, like that reproduced on our Moonlight cover, thousands of small strokes combine to create colourful miniature scenes.