Judging A Book By Its Cover: Vintage Books

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!

These two lovelies are part of my vintage collection, Modern Authorship being a gift from a friend and…well, I don’t remember where Raub’s English Grammar came from – perhaps my grandmother’s old books. Modern Authorship was published in 1924 apparently as a special issue for the Palmer Institute of Authorship. Raub’s was published in 1880 in Porter & Coats also for the use of schools and “private students.”

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