Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Tanith Lee books


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!

The shelf pictured with one of my lovely cats contains all of my Tanith Lee books and any short story collections she’s featured in. As you can see, it’s pretty full (and since taking that picture, I’ve added another 11 books so now it’s overcrowded). I’ve been a fan of Tanith’s writing since middle school when I discovered her Claidi series. Since then I’ve been on a mission to collect (and read) all of her books. I’ll admit, I’m doing better on the collecting front than the reading, but that’s not the point!

To the point, I just wanted to showcase some of the cover art on her books. Someday I’d like to photograph my whole collection, but until then, here are a few of the wonderful old Daw covers. The art is everything you could want from 70s and 80s fantasy imagery. I love how the edges of the pages are yellowed with age. They all have that lovely old book smell as well.







Have some close-ups:







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