Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Pride and Prejudice (VII)

This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art and/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!

Why yes, I do own many versions of Pride and Prejudice, and no, I haven’t posted them all yet! This time, there’s also a bag featured! Since taking these photos, I also own the same bag in blue, which I’ll be sure to post in the future. It’s from Out of Print and a must-have for any Austen addict.

The large peacock edition is a 2013 reprint from Logic & Light Inc. – ISBN: 9781484022856. I believe it’s based of the 1985 edition and has illustrations by Hugh Thompson. I have to say, overall, the book is what I would consider low quality. The cover art is what I really care about,  but even that is a bit fuzzy on close inspection. The spine is a plain black, boring and looks like it wasn’t really considered during the design process. The back of the book is also pretty lackluster and doesn’t match the beauty of the front. Sadly, the illustrations inside are very low quality – they look as though someone took a low-quality scan of the originals, then enlarged them in MS Paint, leaving them gritty and pixellated. Honestly, it’s not what I’ve come to expect, given that all my other editions are at least of good quality, even if they’re not highly decorated or embellished. I know I don’t usually talk this much about any of my editions – but I just want to put it out there. Again, I do love the cover design, but I would warn potential buyers that this reprint is not of great quality. If you know of another company that happens to have an edition with this cover art, let me know!

The graffiti cover is an Everyman Library edition from 2008. I fell in love with the funky cover on Instagram and while it has no other special elements, like illustrations or a ribbon bookmark or something, the price I found and the cover art made it worth adding to my collection. In fact, this cover is one that I think would make an excellent poster! ISBN: 9781407214320.

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