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!
Today I wanted to feature my two copies of Wuthering Heights (which I’ve yet to read – oops!) – one vintage and one new. From what I can tell my vintage copy is from 1936, by Books, Inc. My other edition is the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition (ISBN: 9780143105435), published in 2009. I bought this edition first, and I’ll admit, though I do intend to read this classic, I primarily purchased it because of the beautiful cover art. I picked up my vintage edition online (from Instagram!), with another book from the Books, Inc. Art-Type collection.