Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell  

A monochromatic colour scheme is black, white plus all hues and saturations of a single colour. It often lends to clean, elegant and eye catching art, and it's particularly loved by the publishing world. The most famous monochromatic book cover is George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four (pictured left). The British first edition was published in both red and green (and no-one is really sure which one came first), and today they are both very collectible.

In psychology, red, blue, yellow and green are considered to be the primary colours of the brain. Sometimes a single colour can be used to display an emotion or feeling more easily than an illustration or picture.

A red cover can be fiery, wild or aggressive, while a blue book might signify coldness or calmness. Yellow can emit positive or negative human emotions and creativity. Lastly, green inspires harmony, prosperity and thoughts of nature.

It's surprising that despite the confines of a single colour there can be so many variations to a monochromatic cover. From a one colour, with black and white accents, to multiple shades of the same colour, any booklover can find something beautiful to add to their collection.


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Many Inventions
by Rudyard Kipling
Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
Red Planet
by Robert A. Heinlein
Red Sea by Emily Benedek
Red Sea
by Emily Benedek
Trail Crazy by Grace Shull Eichmann
Trail Crazy
by Grace Shull Eichmann
The Link by Philip MacDonald
The Link
by Philip MacDonald
Great Mysteries of the Ice and Snow by Edward F. Dolan, Jr.
Great Mysteries of the Ice and Snow
by Edward F. Dolan, Jr.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder
by R.J. Palacio
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Blankets
by Craig Thompson
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Midnight's Children
by Salman Rushdie
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Tropic of Cancer
by Henry Miller
The Simplicity of Science by Stanley D. Beck
The Simplicity of Science
by Stanley D. Beck
Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
Swimming Studies
by Leanne Shapton
The 27th Kingdom by Alice Thomas Ellis
The 27th Kingdom
by Alice Thomas Ellis
Laddie by Gene Stratton-Porter
Laddie
by Gene Stratton-Porter
The Yellow Book by John Lane
The Yellow Book
by John Lane
Journey Without Maps by Graham Greene
Journey Without Maps
by Graham Greene
The Machineries of Joy by Ray Bradbury
The Machineries of Joy
by Ray Bradbury
Midnight People by John Knittel
Midnight People
by John Knittel
Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Pickwick Papers
by Charles Dickens
The Happy Highwayman by Leslie Charteris
The Happy Highwayman
by Leslie Charteris
In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
In Dubious Battle
by John Steinbeck
Star Gate by Andre Norton
Star Gate
by Andre Norton
The Memoirs of Casanova by Jacques Casanova & Madeleine Boyd
The Memoirs of Casanova
by Jacques Casanova & Madeleine Boyd
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Black Swan Green
by David Mitchell
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Quality Magic by Okito
Quality Magic
by Okito
Herzog by Saul Bellow
Herzog
by Saul Bellow

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