20 Body Part-Covered Book Covers

As a race, we’re totally obsessed with ourselves. Much of our art is about introspection, self-discovery, and self-expression, and we ascribe human characteristics to anything we can — cars, clocks, can openers — whenever we can. So then, to complement what may be the most stereotypically introspective art form — the written word — it makes some amount of sense that graphic designers and artists would go to the body. After all, the more easily and immediately we can subconsciously see ourselves in something, the more we love it (just ask Scott McCloud). But there’s nothing wrong with that. We’re a narcissistic species, and hey, it’s been working for us. Check out our collection of gorgeously designed book covers featuring body parts and revel in your humanity for a while.

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Design by Peter Mendelsund

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Design by Milan Bosic

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Design by Darren Haggar

Something’s wrong with this guy’s hands.

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Design by Chip Kidd

This guy’s too.

(True story: after this book came out, someone sent Chip Kidd a letter expressing how how thankful they were that he had used this photo and how glad they were that someone else out there in the world had six fingers like them. Kidd didn’t have the heart to tell them it was Photoshop.)

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Design by John Gall

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Design by Henry Sene Yee

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Design by Christopher Moisan

down

Design by Rob Grom

Hair counts.

inappropriate

Design by Alvaro Villanueva

Finger not the body part you initially thought of? Us neither. We think (hope) he’s selling himself short.

the eye

Design by John Gall

i-am-not-sydney-poitier

Design by Kapo Ng

mistress

Design by Jarrod Taylor

In case you didn’t know in which part of your heart each of these authors belonged.

nineteen_seventy_seven

Design by Gregg Kulick

perforated

Design by Jason Heuer

The cover is actually perforated — click here for a more pictures.

impossible

Design by Carin Goldberg

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Design by Peter Mendelsund

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Design by Evan Gaffney

women

Design by Paul Sahre

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Design by Jamie Keenan

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Design by Mark Melnick

Any favorite body parts we’ve missed? Our ears are open.