This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well-designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!
As you may have guessed from previous posts, I hoard copies of Pride and Prejudice. And yes, there are still copies out there I want, though only one set I’m actually planning to buy soon. This week I wanted to show off some of my modern beauties.
On the left is my Penguin Classics Deluxe edition (ISBN: 9780143105428) published in 2009, with cover art by Ruben Toledo. This is actually THE FIRST copy of Pride and Prejudice I owned, and the first copy I’ve read – it’s the one that started my minor obsession with Jane Austen and it’s quite special to me. It’s pretty and I love it. In the middle is my ultra modern edition with the handsome Colin Firth on the cover. This is a book I saw on Instagram and told myself I needed. This edition is from 2013 (ISBN: 9781843440710) and is put out by Pulp! The Classics. On the right is another edition I saw on Instagram (it’s dangerous!) and is called the Classic Lines edition (ISBN: 9781402785306). It’s published by Splinter, from 2012, and they also have editions of Sense and Sensibility and Emma, but because they don’t do the full set of six books, I don’t want to buy the other copies. If I’m going to start buying multiples of Austen’s other work, it’s going to be as a complete set – I have some standards!