Metropolis by Thea van Harbou
Metropolis by Thea von Harbou

Art Deco, which originated in Paris, is one of the most memorable of all design movements thanks to its modern feel and use of mathematical and geometric shapes. Oddly the actual label of ‘Art Deco’ was not popularised until 1968 when art historian Bevis Hillier published a book called Art Deco of the 20s and 30s.

The Art Deco label comes from Paris’ 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes – a showcase event, organised by a loose collective of artists known as La Société des artistes décorateurs, for everything modern, stylish and high-end after the austerity of the post-World War I years.

Just like architecture, furniture, the motor industry and the fashion world, publishing embraced Art Deco from around 1915 until the outbreak of World War II. Art Deco cover art can be found in almost every genre from children’s fiction to memoirs and countless popular novels. The Book League of America was just one publisher to reprint large quantities of classic novels with Art Deco-styled covers.

Head back to the Jazz Age of F Scott Fitzgerald in his pomp and enjoy the zigzags and the ziggurats, the fountains and the sunbursts, and the jagged shapes and the towering skyscrapers.

30 Memorable Art Deco-style Books

Europa in Limbo by Robert Briffault

Europa in Limbo
Robert Briffault

Keeper of the Keys by Earl Derr Biggers

Keeper of the Keys
Earl Derr Biggers

Chastity by Joan Conquest

Joan Conquest

Dr. Artz by Robert Hichens

Dr. Artz
Robert Hichens

The Young Lovers by H.C. Bailey

The Young Lovers
H.C. Bailey

The Hammer of Doom by Francis Everton

The Hammer of Doom
Francis Everton

American Mystery Stories by Carolyn Wells

American Mystery Stories
Carolyn Wells

Diana by Emil Ludwig

Emil Ludwig

Many Mansions by Henry C. Rowland

Many Mansions
Henry C. Rowland

The Saint in New York by Leslie Charteris

The Saint in New York
Leslie Charteris

The Curse of Doone by Sydney Horler

The Curse of Doone
Sydney Horler

Martin's Summer by Vicki Baum

Martin's Summer
Vicki Baum

The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock

The Savoy Cocktail Book
Harry Craddock

To Kiss the Crocodile by Ernest Milton

To Kiss the Crocodile
Ernest Milton

The Coast of Pleasure by Grant Richards

The Coast of Pleasure
Grant Richards

The Z Ray by Edmund Snell

The Z Ray
Edmund Snell

The Golem by Meyrink Gustav

The Golem
Meyrink Gustav

Blind Mouths by T.F. Tweed

Blind Mouths
T.F. Tweed

Mosaic by G.B. Stern

G.B. Stern

Unwashed Gods by E. Vivian Charles

Unwashed Gods
E. Vivian Charles

Wings on My Feet by Howard W. Odum

Wings on my Feet
Howard W. Odum

The Blue Rajah Murder by Harold MacGrath

The Blue Rajah Murder
Harold MacGrath

False Youth by Lawrence Rising

False Youth
Lawrence Rising

Gallows Orchard by Claire Spencer

Gallows Orchard
Claire Spencer

The Midnight Murder by Paul Herring

The Midnight Murder
Paul Herring

The Ransom for London by J.S. Fletcher

The Ransom for London
J.S. Fletcher

Rings on her Fingers by Rhys Davies

Rings on her Fingers
Rhys Davies

The Sixth Journey by Alice Grant Rosman

The Sixth Journey
Alice Grant Rosman

The Swan-Island Murders by Victoria Lincoln

The Swan-Island Murders
Victoria Lincoln

Books about Art Deco Design

American Art Deco by Carla Breeze

American Art Deco
Carla Breeze

Art Deco Architecture by Patricia Bayer

Art Deco Architecture
Patricia Bayer

Art Deco 1910 - 1939 by Charlotte Benton et al

Art Deco 1910 - 1939
Charlotte Benton et al

Art Deco Graphics by Patricia Frantz Kery

Art Deco Graphics
Patricia Frantz Kery

Art Deco Complete by Alastair Duncan

Art Deco Complete
Alastair Duncan

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