NEW YORK ( — In a first for a major publisher, three photographs from the 11 Sept. 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York are being used on the dust jacket — for novelist Jay McInerney‘s new book, The Good Life.

The book, scheduled for release in January by Alfred A. Knopf, features a photograph by Quyen Tran of a stack of dishes covered in ash.

“I originally thought of that shot of the tea set covered in the ash from 9/11,” book designer Chip Kidd told The New York Times.

The story identified the image as a photograph by former staffer Edward Keating that was part of its images that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.

The photo by Tran was part of an impromptu gallery exhibit of donated photographs at a Spring Street storefront in late 2001. Titled, Here Is New York: A Democracy of Photographs, the collection was turned into a book by Scalo Publishers. ( editor and publisher Bruno J. Navarro was among the exhibit’s volunteers.)

Also included are the image of an ashen wine glass on the book’s spine, a rack of soot-covered clothes on the back cover and the hint of the image of a burning tower, peeking through the cover title’s letters.

Rizzoli plans to publish a collection of Kidd’s work, Chip Kidd, Book One: Work 1996-2006, in November. [2005.08]