Thursday, June 24, 2010

Three Book Covers

A group of three books that came into my stock recently, all with something about their covers which interested me or stood out. The most obviously stand-out cover, but very much the least valuable of the three, is that of The Universe. The Infinitely Great and The Infinitely Small by F. A. Pouchet (Blackie & Son, London, n.d. [c.1895]. Twelfth Edition). The design, stamped in gilt, blind and in dark red is so obviously superior. Even the use of dark red stamped design on the red cloth I think is close to genius. There is a monogram in the bottom right hand corner and I'd be delighted to hear from anyone who knows who"M.T." might be.

The second book also stands out in terms of its design, Later Poems by W. B. Yeats (Macmillan, London, 1931. 5th Impression.) is not all that easy to find in its jacket and I like the fact that the design is repeated in blindstamping on the green cloth of the upper board. Macmillan issued a good deal of Yeats in this design and I'm reliably informed (although I can find no signature) that it is by Charles Ricketts.

The third book is another which it is hard to find in its jacket. Chase the Wild Goose. The Story of Lady Butler & Miss Sarah Ponsonby, Known as The Ladies of Llangollen by Mary Gordon (Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, London, 1937. Second Edition). Clearly its a shame that this isn't a first edition, nonetheless, the fact that the jacket is by fellow Bloomsbury-ite Vanessa Bell, makes this a rather interesting Hogarth Press production. The ladies themselves are interesting in their own right as an early lesbian couple and this book, whilst not fiction, is a imaginative narrative.

1 comment:

marty said...

nice. please advise if the universe book is for sale.

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