Guillaume Apollinaire. Alcools. Club du meilleur livre, 1953

“From 1953 onwards most club books, other than those of the Club français du livre, had a protective jacket of transparent acetate (or Rhodoid). The first of these, for Guillaume Apollinaire’s Alcools (Spirits; Paris, Club du meilleur livre, 1953), was printed with abstract motifs inspired by paintings of Robert Delaunay and launched a period of new graphic invention for the layout artists, who were interested in its function both as protection (prefiguring the book cover) and as potential vehicle for other information and graphic elements in addition to those on the decorated binding.” 

 

Laetitia Wolff. Massin. London: Phaidon, 2007 (p. 28)