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There are a lot of reasons to troll used-book stores, but whether you find the title you’re after or not, there’s always a few interesting covers.

This gallery of old Pelican covers should be a reminder: they don’t design them like they used to. (Although Chip Kidd might have something to say about that.) And judging a book by its cover isn’t as bad as it’s cracked up to be.

In the worst case, it sits prettily on your end table while you turn to more interesting pursuits. After all, it’s an object too.

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Kempt Man of the Hour: Chip Kidd

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

In his capacity as a graphic design demigod, Chip Kidd routinely transforms books into *objets d'art*. In the course of a celebrated career he's done dazzling dustjackets for everyone from John Updike to Bret Easton Ellis. Some of his work, like the famous dinosaur skeleton he designed for Michael Crichton's *Jurassic Park*, even takes on a life of its own.

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