This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. 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 wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!
These vintage beauties are 1965 editions put out by Ballantine Books and are apparently the only editions “authorized” by Tolkien. They even have a wonderful seal of approval stamped all over their crazy colorful covers. These covers are on crack and I love them. No illustrations, sadly, though the Tolkien Reader does have a few.