Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Pride and Prejudice (XV)

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

There was no way I was kicking off Austen Month without a Pride and Prejudice Judging post.

I found myself with an Amazon gift card recently, so as part of my order, I decided to pick something that had been sitting on a wishlist for a while and was one I was unlikely to spend my own money on. I mean, I have like 40+ editions of Pride and Prejudice (YES, shutup) – so at this point, I prefer to get them with gift cards or as gifts.

This edition was published in 2015, with cover design by M.C. Frank and original illustrations (I assume they mean, these were illustrations from an earlier edition and not like, all new illustrations never before seen in a P&P edition) by Charles Edmund Brock, ISBN: 9781511810968.

I’m glad I bought this with a gift card.

The cover is beautiful and a nice mix of vintage and modern design and it has that nice velvety feel (which is sure to show my fingerprints), but I’m not a big fan of the font choice. I like handwriting fonts, but this one seems a bit too…uneven? It looks unintentionally misaligned and I’m not a fan – especially on the spine. Austen’s name reads like Ajuasnteen. The back cover leaves a lot to be desired (so much so that I didn’t bother to photograph the whole thing) and the barcode is like hideous clip art. The inside of the book is a disappointment too. On most of the pages the text is a little crooked and as you’ll see from my pictures, Brock’s illustrations look like they were scanned in and then dropped into the design like clip art. I do appreciate the little chapter embellishments, but up close they’re pretty grainy.

This was a complete cover buy for me and it’s not a copy I’ll ever read, but I do look at these things! I care about the overall design of books, not just their covers! It’s not a copy I would recommend if you’re looking for one to both read and enjoy visually. If, like me, you love to hoard multiple copies of the same book and you can get this for a reasonable price, then buy away.

Ok, I know that was more talking than usual. On to the pictures!

4 thoughts on “Judging A Book By Its Cover: Pride and Prejudice (XV)”

    1. Yeah, I wish the illustrations were copied in a higher quality though. They’re pretty poor scans. I haven’t checked but I’m sure that one of my other 40-some odd copies features that illustrator. Would have been nice to see some original illustrations to go along with the new cover art.


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