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To mark the end of Faber and Faber’s year-long 80th anniversary shindig, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is holding an exhibition this month, featuring the publisher’s most iconic book covers and illustrations.

Journey of the Magi - TS Eliot drawings by McKnight Kauffer
Journey of the Magi – TS Eliot drawings by McKnight Kauffer

The exhibition aims to document Faber and Faber’s dedication to editorial design from its first works in the 1920s, through the post-war era defined by Berthold Wolpe’s bold dust jackets and typography, to more recent collaborations with Pentagram. 

Key pieces from the archive include work by David Hockney, the Society of Wood Engravers founder Gwen Raverat and Leonard Baskin, who illustrated The Crow by Ted Hughes. An original version of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T S Eliot will also be on show, which features doodles of the well-loved cats drawn by the author himself.

Art and Design at Faber and Faber will run from 17 April – 30 May.

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