Random House Walter Benjamin by Peter Mendelsund

Illuminations and Reflections, two collections of essays by Walter Benjamin originally published by Random House USA’s Schocken imprint in 1969 and 1986 respectively, have been reissued this month with brand new covers designed by Peter Mendelsund.


They really are quite beautiful, with a streetmap design inspired by Benjamin’s status as pre-eminent twentieth-century flâneur, an avant la lettre psychogeographer if you will. The covers also have an appealing texture, with the streets actually sunk just a bit lower into the cover.

Other book covers with streetmap designs that I quite enjoy include the Rendez-vous au métro Saint-Paul series of short story collections by Cyrille Fleischman revolving around the Jewish community living in the vicinity of the Saint-Paul underground station in Paris (cover designs by Anne-Marie Adda)


as well as La ville sans nom by Frédéric Valabrègue



~ by Thomas on 2007-Sep-12.

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