Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Books: The cover matters


I have seen these clothbound books before, but I didn't know who had designed them until just today (thanks, Robbie!). Her name is Coralie Bickford-Smith, and you can see her website here, which features her many beautiful designs.

The magic of these books is that even though I haven't read Crime and Punishment, and even though it always seemed so intimidating, you can bet I would read it if I had this copy.

I also have a special place in my heart for Gothic horror novels, so I want to collect all of these, in addition to the clothbounds.

All of these books are, I think, limited editions, and some of them are going to be hard to find. And collecting them will set me back a pretty big chunk of money. But I can dream anyway -- dream of collecting gorgeous bookcovers, as well as the novels inside them. I love a good classic, and I am an advocate for judging books by their covers. Art is important, and these books are art both inside and out.

Thank you, Coralie, for making classic books deliciously readable.


  1. Gorgeous indeed. Thanks for the introduction.


  2. i've admired those books a looooong time. i'd devote my guest room strictly to books if i had ones as pretty as those. who am i kidding... my guest room is already my book sanctuary. ;)

  3. Beautifully said, Missy. I agree completely. Art is important. It does say something about the story hidden inside. I have seen these covers and admired them. I have purchased one. It was a Dickens novel and I love the beauty of it on my shelf.