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14 September 2009 @ 05:00 pm
Vintage Austen et alia  
I'm actually rather fond of these Vintage Classics covers for Austen's novels (particularly the one for Persuasion: ship in a bottle!):
http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/vintage/vintageclassics/author.htm?authorID=5605

And the cover for Little Women is fun:
http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/vintage/vintageclassics/title.htm?command=Search&db=/catalog/main.txt&eqisbndata=0099511495

The cover for Middlemarch, on the other hand, is highly underwhelming:
http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/vintage/vintageclassics/title.htm?command=Search&db=/catalog/main.txt&eqisbndata=0099516233
 
 
 
the love song of j. aimee prufrocke: wonderlust | a history in dustfaeriemaiden on September 14th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Eep, I want all of these! I love simple, pretty, neat covers so much. And a friend of mine made icons of that series of classics, only I'd forgotten them until now.
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on September 15th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
They are pretty, aren't they? I can be picky about Austen covers (given how much I love her), but these are lovely.

As are the icons--thanks for linking to those!
clean all the things!!!: mercer mayer - beauty and bookthepresidentrix on September 15th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
Do you think maybe they keep a stack of vague but pretty arts for when they want to make covers of books but they don't want to have to find out what the books say first? Oak leaves! They can't be completely inappropriate! Right?

I love the giant bun on the Little Women cover (probably Meg?) and the textile patterns on the Austen books. I would love to have that collection. Actually, the style reminds me a little of one of my very favorite book covers in my current collection, the Back Bay cover for Brideshead Revisited:

http://sexualityinart.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/evelyn-waugh-brideshead-revisited-book-cover.jpg

The scan doesn't especially do the cover justice, but you get the general idea. It makes me happy. ;o9
tempestsarekind: a broad rivertempestsarekind on September 15th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
There must be trees in it somewhere!

I just bought that edition of Brideshead Revisited, actually! I haven't read it yet, and I really didn't want the film cover editions that were all I could find in the bookstore for a while.