I would admire the blurb on the book jacket.
How is the word blurb related to book covers?
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According to the OED it is:
Said to have been originated in 1907 by Gelett Burgess in a comic book jacket embellished with a drawing of a pulchritudinous young lady whom he facetiously dubbed Miss Blinda Blurb. (D.A.) See Mencken Amer. Lang. Suppl. I. 329.
The meaning of blurb is given as:
A brief descriptive paragraph or note of the contents or character of a book, printed as a commendatory advertisement, on the jacket or wrapper of a newly published book. Hence in extended use: a descriptive or commendatory paragraph. Also in combinations.
However, in Britain today, the word blurb is used, in the same derisorily way, but in a wider context to include any, considered superfluous and excessive, paperwork, such as instructions, explanations, commendations etc.
etymonline.com says Burgess popularized it, but it was originally used a year earlier by Brander Matthews.
used by U.S. scholar Brander Matthews in 1906 in "American Character;" popularized 1907 by U.S. humorist Frank Gelett Burgess. Originally mocking excessive praise printed on book jackets, and probably derisively imitative.