A new volume of Heaney around our house is an event as anyone who knows me will tell you. Usually I lock myself up in a room and only pop out for sustenance! Yesterday while holding his new volume 'The Human Chain' in my hand I was struck again by the simplicity and beauty of the cover. The covers were designed by Justus Oehler of Pentagram in 2001. Through the use of the typeface Perpetua and a palette of three colours per book he has created a series of books with a consistent feel that has the ability to produce an infinite number of variations simply through the use of colour.
here is a highly click-able photstream on Faber and Faber covers, both past and present.