Charles Mackie designed the cover to The Book of Winter, Volume IV of The Evergreen: A Northern Seasonal (1986-7). Just like the Summer and Autumn volumes before it, The Book of Winter’s embossed leather binding features a large tree on the front, evoking The Evergreen’s “call to Nature,” as well as possibly referencing the Tree of Life. On the cover to a volume about a season in which plant life dies, this tree stands, tellingly, green. The branches stretch upwards, weave, and knot within each other, signifying the interconnectedness of all things. The back cover features lions and thistles. The thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland, and shows up in numerous Celtic folk tales. The lions are likely in reference to The Royal Banner of the Royal Arms of Scotland, also known as the Lion Rampant.
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