During yet another excursion to the used bookstore a couple of weeks ago, I found a near perfect copy of M. C. Escher, His Life and Complete Graphic Work. The price of $12 for an oversized 350-page book was one of those rare bargains.
At the cash register, the proprietor was almost embarrassed for the price: "If it had a dustjacket, I wouldn't be selling it for this price. An art book without a dustjacket is almost valueless."
What matters for me is what's inside the covers. A dustjacket is only good for getting torn anyway.
According to the caption, this was a tin can Escher designed in 1963 for a company called Verblifa.
What is nice about this book is that besides reprints of M. C. Escher's works, it also features several essays by Escher himself, including his memoirs from a trip he took to Canada in 1960.
An old post of mine about a snail in one of Escher's prints is here.