The Melancholy of Anatomy

The Melancholy of Anatomy

Vintage Books, New York, New York, 2001

Description

The Melancholy of Anatomy is a debut collection of stories, each one based on some part of the body or the result of a bodily function. Titles include: “Egg,” “Heart,” “Sperm,” “Phlegm,” “Hair” and “Fat.” Rather than be specific to the surreal book, I wanted to use 17th- and 18th-century anatomical drawings, which are already suitably bizarre, to create a sort of Gray’s Anatomy from an alternate world.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2001
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Vintage Books
Designer
John Gall
Cover art
Le Sieur Gautier, Anatomie de la tete en tableaux imprimes, 1748, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris (front cover), Demours, Traite des maladies des yeux (detail), 1818, Duke University History of Medicine Collections (spine)
Trim size
5 3/16 x 8 1/4 inches
Quantity printed
15,000
Typefaces
Filosofia, Sackers Gothic
Printer
Coral Graphics
Author
Shelley Jackson
Publisher
Vintage Books
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