Updated: Oct 17, 2020
Inspired by rising literacy rates and advancing technologies, the 19th century saw books transform from a hand-made to mass-produced. The cover was no longer a functional protection but was a platform through which to present and sell the book. So, basically marketing in its earlier forms... before it got really tacky. These book covers are stunning. For the whole article and more book previews: For more on this, visit the Domain Review.