Detailed book covers have been Aniko Kolesnikova’s passion since 2009. The Latvian designer-artist, working under the name Mandarin Duck, specializes in creating dragons, animal, fantasy and nature inspired polymer journals. She infrequently takes custom requests, too. Bookbinding in the West is recorded from the 5th century onwards, although the earliest surviving book is the 8th-century St. Cuthbert Gospel. Books were bound in materials such as wood, leather, and cloth, but did you know that some books were also bound in human skin? This is named anthropodermic bibliopegy.
via Mandarin Duck