Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Hobbit (VII)

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!

A friend was going to get rid of this old box set, but smartly asked if I wanted it first. The books are pretty beat up, to the point where they’re unreadable because the spines have all separated from the covers. But I like the box they come in and their simplistic covers (even if they have yellowed with age). This set was published in the late 1970s by Houghton Mifflin. The pages themselves aren’t really photo-worthy and I don’t like to open the books since they’re already falling to pieces, but The Hobbit does have the standard illustrations throughout.

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