Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Colour of Magic

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 do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

When placing a recent Book Depository order, I found I couldn’t resist this special edition of the Colour of Magic – making it my third copy. I’d love to have the whole set of these, but I’m not ready to budget for that yet, since I’m still (so, so slowly) working on my Penguin Drop Caps collection. I justified buying this one because it’s the first one in the Discworld series and it’s a book I’ve read and enjoyed. I must say, I am disappointed that this edition doesn’t have any other special features, aside from a ribbon bookmark. A few illustrations wouldn’t go amiss!

The Unseen University Collection has a cover illustration by Joe McLaren and was published by Gollancz in 2014, ISBN: 9781473205321
My paperback was published in 1985 by Corgi, ISBN: 978055224751. I can’t find who illustrated cover, but if you know, let me know!
My hardcover was published in 1983 by St. Martin’s Press and it’s the book club edition

5 thoughts on “Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Colour of Magic

  1. I like the golden/tan cover. I prefer those covers because there’s so much going on on them. I’ve decided to start collecting them though the ones I get through Book Depository only shows part of the illustration.

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