Saturday, September 12, 2009
Miranda Cameron: The Dissolute Duke
The Dissolute Duke is the first of five books Allan Kass illustrated for Miranda Cameron. This book was published by Signet in September 1986. The story is about Celeste and her conviction that the Duke of Malvern was the worst man in England! She couldn't figure out why she was so attracted to him when he was such a monster to everyone else!
This is one of Allan Kass's classic cover illustrations. I think during period from 1980-1990 he produced some of his best work! This cover is an example with all the detail of the background, outdoors, and people. Our couple stand in an embrace by a window with a beautiful scene of the English countryside. Note the gathers of her bodice and the folds of his sleeve. Also, the bracelets on the wrist of the heroine are a classic Kass feature! He was superb in his rendition of the human figure!