Faber and Faber - 95 Years of Excellence in Cover Design
by Toby Faber
Monday 28th June 2021 at 11 am
Since its foundation in 1925, Faber and Faber has built a reputation as one of London’s most important literary publishing houses. Part of that relates to the editorial team that Geoffrey Faber and his successors built around them - TS Eliot was famously an early recruit - but a large part is also due to the firm’s insistence on good design and illustration. This lecture traces the history of Faber and Faber through its illustrations, covers and designs. Along the way, it has employed some of our most celebrated artists as cover illustrators – from Rex Whistler and Barnett Freedman to Peter Blake and Damien Hirst. Toby will show us book covers, advertisements and photos to illustratrate designs. The talk will also be peppered with personal insight as he is the grandson of its founder and grew up steeped in its books.
Toby Faber is an experienced lecturer, accredited by The Arts Society. He has been in investment banking, management consulting and was managing director of Faber and Faber, where he remains on the board. He has written about Stradivarius, Faberge's Eggs and Faber & Faber, along with a novel, Close to the Edge.