Judging A Book By Its Cover: Pelican Shakespeare

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 can’t say I’m a diehard Shakespeare fan, but when I saw these Pelican editions at a used bookstore, I couldn’t resist! I love the style and the simple color choices. Plus, they were less than $2.00 each! They’re printed in the late 1950s and I know there are more in this style, but I’m not sure I’ll make a big effort to collect the rest – I’ll probably just keep my eye out at other used bookstores.

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