Cook, Brian

Sir Brian Caldwell Cook Batsford (18 December 1910 – 5 March 1991) was a British painter, designer, publisher and Conservative Party politician. Born in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire as Brian Caldwell Cook, he adopted his mother's maiden name in 1946.

He is perhaps better known as Brian Cook, the illustrator/designer of the dust jackets of the highly-collectable Batsford books from the 1930s to the 1950s. The distinctive vibrant colours of the jackets were achieved by the Jean Berté process, which used rubber plates and water-based inks.
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In Search of England, 1st edn 1949 (39th printing) (H V Morton)Perhaps Morton's best-known work, reissued many times since it first appeared in the Daily Express in 1926, was In Search of England.

Jacket illustration by Brian Cook.

ReproJacket #286-m-1, size 189.8x481mm.
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In Search of England, 1st edn 1954 (41st printing) (H V Morton)Perhaps Morton's best-known work, reissued many times since it first appeared in the Daily Express in 1926, was In Search of England.

Jacket illustration by Brian Cook.

ReproJacket #286-o-1, size 190.1x481mm.
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Motor Racing and Record Breaking, 1st edn 1935 (Eyston & Lyndon)This iconic book published by Batsford in 1935 is highly valued as a comprehensive reference work on the subjects of pre-WWII motor racing and record breaking. Captain George Edward Thomas Eyston was a racing and land speed record driver and also an accomplished engineer and inventor. His co-author was Barré Lyndon (pseudonym of Alfred Edgar), a playwright and screen writer who was responsible for the screenplay of the 1953 film The War of the Worlds.

Originals for this jacket were kindly provided by Dave Whyte of Speed Reading

Jacket design by Brian Cook.

ReproJacket #202-A-1, size 224.3x502mm.
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The Alps, 2nd edn 1942 (R L G Irving)The first edition was published by Batsford in October 1939, and a revised edition with a new foreword was issued in Winter 1941-2.

Jacket illustration by Brian Cook.

ReproJacket #366-A-1, size 218.8x500mm
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The English Countryside, 1st edn 1939 (Batsford Pilgrims' Library)In the late 1930s Batsford published their Pilgrims' Library, a series of books containing writings from various contributors on the countryside.

Jacket illustration by Brian Cook.

ReproJacket #407-A-1, size 190.5x508mm.