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!
This week I’m featuring my massive Barnes and Noble Classics edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Stories. It’s ultra thick, complete with illustrations by John Tenniel, a ribbon bookmark and gilded pages. On top of containing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, this collection also has the novels Sylvie and Bruno and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, the poem “The Hunting of the Snark,” and other short stories and various poems. It was published in 2010, ISBN: 9781435122949.