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!
I’m not sure if you noticed, but I have a lot of copies of Alice in Wonderland! This is actually an older copy of just the Through the Looking-Glass portion, and according to the name that’s inscribed in the cover, it used to belong to Elnora E. Clintsman (her cursive is much neater than mine). This book has no date – but if I Google Ms. Clintsman, it looks like she was around from the late 1800s to the early 1900s and lived in New York – assuming this is the same woman, I would guess my book is from the late 1800s, early 1900s.
But I could be talking out of my ass. I can say it’s published by A.L. Burt, New York with fifty illustrations by John Tenniel. I can’t remember how I acquired this – I believe a friend might have picked this up for me. Sadly, it’s not in the best shape on the interior, though the outside cover is very solid.