Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Princess Bride

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. 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 wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

I watched The Princess Bride long before I ever knew it was a book – but what a wonderful book it is! Goldman has a wonderful sense of humor in his approach to this story, and I’ll admit, he had me fooled for quite a while (if you’ve read the book you probably know what I’m talking about…unless I’m the only dummy!)

First up is my vintage copy, which I’m pretty sure is from 1981. The cover art, which I love, is by Norman Green. It’s published by Ballantine, ISBN: 0345301145. I love that the cover says “a hot fairy tale” and the simple description on the back cracks me up.

This is the first copy I owned, and I like it, but I can’t help but think of the couple on the cover as discount Wesley and Buttercup from the movie – almost familiar faces, but not quite what I’m looking for. 2007, Harcourt, ISBN: 9780156035217.

Last up is my latest edition, found at the Brookline Booksmith for only $7! This UK edition is apparently from 1999, published by Bloomsbury, ISBN: 9780747545187.

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