Covet: Book Cover Tote Bags

I really don’t need any more tote bags, but if I did, I’d scoop up one of these totes featuring vintage book covers.

Here’s one of my favorite books, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925), represented by its original Francis Cugat cover, a hallucinatory image  of an illuminated fairground or city skyline and a woman’s face materializing against a dream-blue sky.

When I picked up The Great Gatsby for the very first time, as part of a high school “summer reading” list, my copy had a reproduction of this cover. I’ve always been fond of it.

On the other hand, here’s Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813), or at least, the cover of the 1894 edition illustrated by Hugh Thomson. It’s an Art Nouveau peacock-motif delight that has nothing to do with the story, but who cares? It’s a beautiful design, and it probably moved quite a few deluxe copies of the book back in the 1890s.

It’s a good thing I don’t have to choose, because I really, really don’t need another tote bag.

These book cover totes by Out of Print sell for $20. Other “titles” are also available. For more information, visit the Out of Print website.

Images: photographs via the New York Public Library online shop.


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