Of course the text inside a book is the most important part of the book.
But what’s wrong with appreciating an aesthetically-pleasing masterpiece of a cover every now and then?
I’ve always appreciated the way sets of books look together. The joys of book covers extend all the way back to my first love the cheeky British Little Miss and Mister children’s books. My parents would bribe me into good behavior fro the 16-hour journey to Cyprus each summer by buying me a few of the books while we stopped over in Heathrow. I amassed a collection over the years, and soon I realized that each book had a little number on its spine. If you put them all together, the spines formed a picture. I think my mind exploded with delight.
I still remember when I discovered Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy had a surprise on the covers for anyone who owned the entire set.
I’m immensely proud of my seven beautiful hardcover Harry Potters that are on my shelf, one added each year they came out. There’s no blood, sweat, and tears that goes into buying them all at once in a box set!
15 years after Little Mister and Miss, I’m still terrifically excited by pretty book.s Penguin allows me to goggle in what I consider to be “book porn” with their latest masterpiece, Drop Cap editions.
They take titles with amazing texts and give them equally amazing colors.
Ok–are you ready? Because this is beautiful. I mean, spectacularly beautiful. It’s like all my favorite things in one picture.
Essentially they designed one book for each letter of the alphabet, beginning with A for Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and ending with Z, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Both are amazing, by the way. Jessica Hische designed a beautiful single letter cover for each book.
Check a few out:
Now that I know these exist, I think I have to start building my collection. Before I know it I’ll have the whole set!
I’ll still judge a book by the book, but there’s nothing wrong with admiring a cover now nad then.