Charles Baudelaire, Les fleurs du mal, Paris: Michel Lévy frères, 1868–69
Painted cuir-ciselé panel inset on upper cover based on frontispiece by Félicien Rops for Les épaves
My love affair with the Penguin English Library continues unabated.
I have bought a couple of books because I liked the cover, but usually the name of the author was already on my radar so at least I knew that it wouldn’t be a complete waste of money.
That said, since I am a complete nerd I actually have a couple of favourite cover designers!
(This post is quite long with a lot of images, so I’ll put it under a cut. There are also links to portfolios in there, definitely check those out.)
Clowes’ cover of the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Frankenstein. Via here, where you can see it much larger along with other covers from the series:
Penguin Book Cover by Charlotte Allen
What A Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
For, the time was to come when the gaunt scarecrows of that region should have watched the lamp-lighter, in their idleness and hunger, so long as to conceive the idea of improving on his method, and hauling up men by those ropes and pulleys, to flare upon the darkness of their condition.
So I always complain about how every publishing company make pretty Austen editions because every pretty book collector already have a fair share of Austen editions, we need no more, it would be nice to have pretty colletctions by some other author as well. But I’m a hypocrite and I recently bought these to prove that.
"I used to feel that the novel output of Fitzgerald was like the literary version of the Myers Briggs test: whichever one a person favored was some fundamental indicator of his or her personality. Roughly it followed that ordinary and banal people liked The Great Gatsby, snotty, effete types liked This Side of Paradise, and The Beautiful and Damned was for the discerning and unconventional (I’ll let you guess in which camp I numbered myself). Tender is the Night was sort of an unknown quantity, preferred by dramatic people, maybe, or people who take pills.”
Modern Library Revue: #28 Tender is the Night by Lydia Kiesling