Fonts for the File
It's another detour post. While out trying to track down a vintage paisley tome, I came across a graphic book cover with a design similar to other late 1950s through 60s styles I've mentioned before: James A. Michener's Hawaii. The first edition published in 1959 is characterized by bold typeface in varied hues graduating from cool to warm. Immediately I thought of the ombre shading on The World in Vogue, 1963, cover. Again, it's interesting how these mid-century covers are so visually arresting yet "softer sells" than jackets featuring personalities.
In terms of recent books, the spine of Christiane Lemieux's Undecorate (sans jacket) has lettering with eye-catching gradations, and charming type is central to the look of Sibella Court's APA Design award-winning Etcetera.
Except for Hawaii, all of the books pictured here are my own. The stock image of Michener's early jacket is from Wikipedia but better views of the cloth-bound spine can be seen here and here. See others' passion for the island here and here.