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ON LOVE: Collected Works and Poems

ON LOVE: Collected Works and Poems

ON Love Collected Works and Poems Illustrated by Evan Robertson

An elegant, illustrated book of poetry, excerpts, and musings on the noblest human emotion: love. From Viktor Frankl's insight that "love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire" to Rilke's humble desire "with only this one dream: you come too," this exquisite collection speaks to all of us at a time when loving one another seems more important than ever. 


Love Song Rilke Poem, Illustration by Evan Robertson

It would be easy to write off Rilke’s Love Song” as a sappy nod to fate. But here he cleverly  portrays love as a powerful force that draws two people together, whether they desire it or not. Love is inevitable. The question is: Who (or what) is that unseen hand? In our illustration, two complex shapes made from the thinnest of repeating lines are made to vibrate in harmony.

Victor Hugo To Love and Be Loved That Is Enough, Illustrated by Evan Robertson

The entire quote from Les Miserables is, "To love or have loved, that is enough. Demand nothing more. There is no other pearl to be found in the shadowy folds of life. To love is a fulfillment." In our illustration, raindrops fall on still water, sending gentle  ripples outward. Most of them remain isolated as they fade into the surface, but lucky ones manage to connect.

Rilke with only this one dream that you come too, illustrated by Evan Robertson
Victor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning quotation, illustration by Obvious State


 Zora Neale Hurston, Harlem Renaissance, Illustrations by Evan Robertson

Printed on beautiful matte paper, this petite gift book is perfect for poetry and art lovers alike.

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Obvious State (Feb 15, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-63330-015-6
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.2 x 6 inches



The Illustrated Classics is a series of stylishly designed pocket editions of iconic literary works. Each book is illustrated by Evan Robertson, the Cofounder and artist behind Obvious State. Thematic art, elegant typography, and exquisite language from some of our greatest minds combine for a unique, immersive reading experience that illuminates the wisdom and aesthetic beauty of beloved, enduring works. Our hope is to create beautiful, portable art objects to collect and share, and to inspire moments of quiet reflection in a hyper-connected world.

The Illustrated Classics by Obvious State


"How can artwork live on the page with poetic text in a way that enhances it without upstaging it or undermining its ability to communicate? That was my main priority, and it informed everything about the visual approach. The stark palette, the repetition of visual elements, and the balance of art and text all serve to drive the narrative forward. While there’s no “correct” way to visualize these works, I’ve chosen to focus on the broader themes rather than the literal narration of action. I wanted to create a seamless marriage of provocative visuals and punctuated language, both exploring the same idea in slightly different ways. The result, I hope, creates a uniquely illuminating and immersive experience for the reader, where the wisdom that the author and artist explore together are brought into sharper focus." - Evan Robertson



For this project we selected Ogg—a luscious calligraphic serif typeface designed by Lucas Sharp. The design was inspired by the iconic hand lettering of twentieth century book designer and calligrapher Oscar Ogg. It captures the unique mix of calligraphic and typographic forms he achieved through his use of hand carved pen nibs. While Ogg is high contrast and dramatic, it remains refined and warm, which we think pairs perfectly with the art. 

Even This Twilight, The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, Illustrated by Evan Robertson


When considering the format of our collection one thing was important to us: The experience. We envision readers of the books treating them as a 20-minute break in the middle of the day, something to enjoy over coffee, a non-digital start to the morning, or a respite from an exhausting news cycle.

In short: A provocative, portable art object packed with wisdom and beauty.

The Illustrated Classics Collection by Obvious State


All of our books are printed in Van Nuys, California on FSC-certified, sustainable paper made with 10% recycled content. We use soy and vegetable-based inks and uncoated paper for a beautiful, elegant finish. 

  • Softcover printed on lush, uncoated paper
  • Premium, uncoated interior paper that takes ink beautifully and showcases the high-contrast, rich blacks
  • Full color interior pages
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 6 inches
  • Page count: 88
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