Thread of good book covers

Inspired by the wicked book cover images @_Em posted in the favourite authors thread.

I sometimes wonder whether the phrase “you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover” was invented by the publishing industry to let them off the hook for the fact that a worrying proportion of book covers are absolute wank. That’s partly why really nice book covers feel extra special: they have the additional edge on them by virtue of not looking like they were cacked out by a focus group, all of whom moonlight as guinea pigs for experimental imagination-pummelling mega-narcotics.

Anyway, the two books I’m reading right now have really nice covers…

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This Japanese edition of Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is worthy of note, too…

… and weep at the sheer holistic achievement of:

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You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a stone cold classic.

Pretty much any edition this company puts out. I guess my dream would be to design something for them one day. I think that day is a long way off.

http://www.foliosociety.com

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I have this edition of Under Milk Wood.

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Going through my bookshelves here:

This book about artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

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I got a whole box of postcards of these from TK Maxx recently. 100 postcards for £5.

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Not so much the cover, but the texture of the paper and print:

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I really want this

but the only copy I have ever seen for sale was fifty quid, which seemed a lot for a book I already own twice.

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Loads more coming, I’ve got a Pinterest board full of this stuff:

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Pure Scarfolk, but an actual real book.

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