Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Love and Friendship

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!

If you’ve been around for a while, you may remember when I posted about the set of gorgeous Penguin Clothbound Jane Austen novels I own. This is the latest addition to that set and it covers her juvenilia and unfinished works. Penguin Classics published it in 2015, ISBN: 9780140433340. As with the others in the set, it’s beautiful and as a little ribbon bookmark. My only criticism of these editions is that they don’t feel like they’re made to be read because the graphics are painted on (screen printed? I don’t know…) and they wear off very easily, as I learned when I read my other copies. I would recommend them as a collectible, but if you’re looking for copies to read and you don’t want to have to baby them, I’d probably buy different ones.

Don’t they look so lovely together!?

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