Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Hobbit (III)

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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!

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I bought this special edition of The Hobbit from a shop on Instagram. It’s the Collectors Edition by Houghton Mifflin and I believe it was published in 1973. It’s got green accents and cool runes everywhere, as well as some green and black illustrations and some full color plates. I’m missing the box it comes in, but that doesn’t matter to me. ISBN: 9780395177112.

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