Please, Judge the Book by Its Cover

Friday, September 23, 2011

1950 edition of 1984 by George Orwell
(Published by Signet Books, New York)
In this case I say do judge the book by its cover since I'm taking a look at some vintage book covers.  These are all classic books published at least 40 or more years ago, and I was curious to see the early renditions of their book covers compared to the book covers you might find today if you purchased the book online or at a book store. 

Starting with The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (published 1951)
Early cover and the cover most widely available today:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (published 1925)
Early cover and a more contemporary cover:
    
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (published 1936)
Early cover and a more contemporary cover:
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (published 1963)
Early cover and a more contemporary cover:
 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (published 1960)
Early cover and a more contemporary cover
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (published 1962)
Early cover and a more contemporary cover:
 
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (published 1967)
First cover and a more contemporary cover:
 
Also, check out these limited edition posters inspired by classic book covers:

All images of book covers from Goodreads.com

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4 comments:

rcponders said...

These are fascinating, thanks for sharing. I had no idea the original cover for 1984 was so intense.

RhettDidntGiveADamn said...

Wow! So many of my favorite books here. Thanks for sharing! xo

The Librarians said...

Any idea when/which edition the early To Kill A Mockingbird cover is from?

adriana said...

Hello,
This cover is from 1969, ISBN 9780771052347.

:) ~Adriana

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