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Complete Book of Covers from "The New Yorker," 1925-1989 Hardcover – November 14, 1989

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This view of all 3,277 covers from The New Yorker is indeed overwhelming. It is almost impossible to digest so many stylish and witty images. In fact, judging from this book, one might conclude that The New Yorker has been more concerned with whimsy than art, good taste than content, and propriety than substance, and the format does nothing to dispel this conclusion. Aside from the brief and gratuitous introduction by John Updike, there is no text. No discussion of design aesthetics or historical influences is included. Had they been larger or chosen to illustrate some thesis, the images might have justified a catalog of covers. As it is, one wonders for whom the book was intended.
- Douglas G. Campbell, Warner Pacific Coll., Portland, Ore.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (November 14, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394578414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394578415
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.8 x 14.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on October 2, 2005
This very large book is sort of redundant now that you can buy 'The Complete New Yorker' (ISBN 1400064740) on eight DVDs and see every cover and page from 4,109 issues. I'll most likely buy the DVDs too, if only to be able to see the covers large and also to have a look at all the ads from the first February 21, 1925 copy onwards.

Still, being able to see the covers on screen is not really the same as opening this lovely book and flipping through the pages. Each year starts on a spread with a selected cover big on the left, the right has a couple of covers above a list of issue dates and the relevant artist, the next two spreads from each year display twenty-four covers 3.25 by 2.5 inches wide and I think this is a reasonable size to appreciate the artwork and follow your favorites.

The New Yorker is probably the only consumer magazine not to have changed its cover design since the start, even the National Geographic eventually junked their yellow border for a more contemporary look. Because the NY doesn't have cover lines the format still works, even down to using the logo typeface designed in the Twenties by the first Art Editor Rea Irvin.

This book is just delightful and you can slowly look through the pages and enjoy the amazing range of artists and styles, the whimsy of Mary Petty or the hard line graphics of Gretchen Dow Simpson. Whoever did the cover the quality is always maintained.

***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne Salazar on May 6, 2011
I really love this book, keep it on my coffee table -- of course -- and refer to it often for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is because it always makes me smile. I realize the covers and New Yorker cartoons are available in all sorts of technical formats, but I much prefer to look through a book. I also wish this book would be up-dated; at this time we are missing over twenty years of fabuluos covers. But there are still enough covers here to keep me busy for a long while!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jaime on February 8, 2013
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All the covers (or most of them) are here. Some I would have preferred as full page (many good ones are put together four to a page), but if you need to browse great artwork from America's finest illustrators, then this is the book for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jacques de stadelhofen on March 20, 2014
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the best world graphist and illustrators are here
a permanent reference for me and I cannot live without this great masterpiece
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