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You may have seen some of the most recent work by illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon:
But have you seen any of their early illustrations, predating their historic 2-year Caldecott shut-out in 1976 & 1977? (1)
Here’s their crewel-work cover for Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding (orginally published 1948; this snazzy edition was put out in 1965 by Time Incorporated) (2).
The detailed stitching pretty much begs for the large file size.
Interestingly enough, in this, the year of A Wrinkle in Time’s 50th anniversary, I should point out that the Dillons also illustrated a cover for that book in 1979, as did Ellen Raskin, who created the first iconic cover for the 1962 hardback, which I mention in my first post on these cover-designers-turned-children’s-book-illustrators-and-sometimes-authors (3).
Thanks again to the free cart at my library for offering up this little jewel.
1. Check out a range of the Dillons’ covers here.
2. Why, I wonder, is the cover design copyrighted by Time Incorporated? The Dillons’ stitched their names on the back cover, and are given credit on the verso, but not the copyright. Was that simply a feature of doing cover work for large companies like Time that made a business of reprinting earlier works?
3. You can find that post here.