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!
Both of these editions were given to me as gifts when a friend of mine went to England! I’d never seen either cover before, so it was a nice surprise. On the left is the 2007 Wordsworth edition with cover art by Nathan Clair, ISBN: 9781853260001. The right is the 2016 Alma Classics with a cover design by Nathan Burton, ISBN: 9781847493699.