The Backlist Classics collection are a hardback series that use a unifying grid system. Both ‘The Coran’ and ‘The Iliad’ feature Richard Sarson’s hand-drawn black and white geometrical illustrations. ‘The Coran’s’ illustration picks up the book’s metaphysical and religious nature, while the circles on ‘The Iliad’ hint at the intricate, circular nature of the story. An illustration of the Penrose triangle was used for the utopian nature of ‘Utopia’. The aim was to produce elegant, attractive books that evoke the rich heritage of classic literature, while retaining a fresh appeal to modern readers, that both stand out in bookshops and have a longevity appropriate to their contents.
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