First Editions Re-covered: an exhibition at Sotheby's

Artists include Peter Blake, Raymond Pettibon, Maggie Hambling, Paula Rego, Rob Ryan, Gerald Scarfe, Richard Wentworth and Quentin Blake.

When, Where

This December Sotheby’s will display First Editions: Re-covered, an exhibition of 33 unique first editions of classic books with beautiful original dust-jackets specially created and generously donated to House of Illustration by leading contemporary artists and designers.

Artists chose a book they felt a strong connection to and then created a new jacket, or artwork, in response to it: Maggie Hambling has created a cover for The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch; Peter Blake responds to Alice Through the Looking Glass; Richard Wentworth has created a sculpture out of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Quentin Blake has created a cover for The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo.

After four days of public display the books and their wonderful dust-jackets will be auctioned to benefit House of Illustration at 7.30pm on Monday 11 December - click here to view the auction lots on the Sotheby's website. The evening auction is held in partnership with Winsor & Newton.

Do come along to the free, four-day exhibition of the books and their beautiful covers at Sotheby’s in London from Friday 8 December until Monday 11 December 2017. The address is 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA. The exhibition will be open Friday 8 December 9-4.30pm; Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December 12-5pm and Monday 11 December 9-4.30pm.

House of Illustration has achieved extraordinary things in its first three years and we have ambitious and hugely exciting plans for the future. But as a registered charity receiving no public funding we rely on fundraising to raise over 40% of our income each year. Events like this are vitally important to help fund our work.

Here is a taster of some of the works that will be on show and then up for auction. Download a pdf of all the works here.