Book Cover, Japanese Tales, ca. 1980
Louise Fili has created over 2,000 book covers to date. Much of her most well known work, including this book jacket for “Japanese Tales,” was created during her time at Pantheon Books where she worked as art director from 1978 to 1989 before founding her own firm, Louise Fili Ltd. Fili’s choice of an Art Nouveau typeface in this piece fits graphically with the traditional Japanese embroidery motif; in the late nineteenth century, the curvilinear style of Art Nouveau letterforms developed in Western Europe out of an admiration for and interest in Japanese design. Fili is inspired by vintage type and frequently incorporates restored letterforms into her work designing book covers, as well as packaging, restaurant identities, and other projects.
It is credited
Gift of Louise Fili.
Its dimensions are
24 × 15.7 cm (9 7/16 × 6 3/16 in.)
It is inscribed
Printed on bookplate, verso: PLEASE RETURN TO / LOUISE / FILI / LTD / 71 FIFTH AVE. NYC 10003 / TEL: (212) 989 - 9153
Cite this object as
Book Cover, Japanese Tales, ca. 1980; USA; offset color lithograph on paper; 24 × 15.7 cm (9 7/16 × 6 3/16 in.); Gift of Louise Fili; 1995-25-3