Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Hobbit (II)

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!

It’s been a while since I showed off one of my Hobbit editions – yes, I have multiples of this book as well, though not nearly as many copies as I have in Pride and Prejudice or Alice in Wonderland. This little edition is Hobbit-sized at about 6 inches tall. It was published in 2007 by HarperCollins and has a leather (imitation? who cares?) cover and gilded edges, though it could use a little ribbon bookmark. It’s an edition that I want to keep pristine, yet I also want to read it over and over until the leather becomes broken in and keep it my purse so that it’s always with me. ISBN: 9780544045521

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