Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Blue Flower

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

It’s been a while since I showcased a vintage book. I don’t recall where I bought this book, but I’d wager it was probably at Brattle Bookshop in Boston because they have a lot of affordable vintage books. I knew literally nothing about this book when I bought it – it was merely a cover and spine buy. In fact, I googled it as I was putting this post together and I still don’t know what it’s about except that it’s a shorts collection. It doesn’t really matter – if I’m honest, I’ll never read it!

It’s by Henry van Dyke and was published in 1902 by Charles Scribner’s Sons, with illustrations by J.R. Weguelin, F.V. DuMond, Arthur Heming,
Howard Pyle and C.K. Linson.

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