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!
“More copies of this damn book?” you say to yourself. “How many copies can one girl own?”
Well, I own many – no, I won’t count for you right now because my family might be reading this and I don’t feel like going through an intervention – and I will eventually show them all off! Also, I’m lazy and haven’t taken a new batch of pictures yet, so for now, this is what you’re getting.
The paperback is a Signet Classics edition, which I’m guessing is from 1980, but I’m not really sure. The cover price is $1.50…were books that cheap then? There are no illustrations, except for a little portrait of Jane in the front, but I like the cover art. The hardcover is a lovely little edition with both Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. It’s a Modern Library edition from 1950. Again, no illustrations but it was too cheap to pass up ($3.00 at a used bookstore? Hell yeah!)