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 found this little cutie at a library sale – The Illustrated Classics edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It’s only about 5.5 inches tall and contains “specially adapted” versions of The Red-Headed League, The Adventure of the Speckled Band and The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, as well as illustrations by Brendan Lynch. It was published in 1983 by Moby Books.