I don't usually buy different editions of books. I'm happy with one good edition - normally. However, lately Penguin have begun really tempting me with new illustrated covers on their Penguin Deluxe Classics that are beguiling, intriguing, artistic, and totally fabulous. Today I found at Books on the Ceiling blog two more covers of books that I really want:
Sense and Sensibility has this gorgeous pink cover with a tea cup.
Persuasion has this cover by the Audrey Niffenegger: I love it too.
and then just because it's gorgeous, here is Jane Eyre.
This cover of Wuthering Heights might make me dare to face the boring Catherine one more time - I read it for Heathcliff and the descriptions of the moors and the weather, NOT for Catherine. I once yelled at her out loud I was so mad at her wimpy teary character.
This cover though, could tempt me.
So what about you? Have you ever been tempted by covers? Do you own multiple copies of a book simply because the covers were beautiful? I could really do with owning all of the above!!! They are so pretty, so moody, so interesting and lovely. I wonder if one or two might find their way into my Christmas box of books?
And why not dream over owning beautiful editions? That's partly what makes books so irresistible - we can change the cover, and illustrate some part of the theme or text or character, differently than other editions do. I've often bought specific books over other editions because of the artwork on the cover. And then referred back to the cover often, to gaze at it while I mull over something I'm reading in the text. Covers are - can be - part of the experience of reading the book, when they are done right. I think that is one reason why I am against the kindle - I don't get that experience of the book from cover to cover, from seeing the front and letting it work it's way through my imagination while I read the story itself. Artwork and storytelling build on one another, at least in books, or they ought to. Even though the above covers are more representational than representing an actual scene in each of the texts, to my mind each of the covers instantly reminds me of the story in some way. That's what great artwork on the front of a book can do.
So, are there any special editions you are dreaming of for Christmas? Any covers you've seen recently that tempted you, or were irresistible? Do you agree with me about covers, or could you care less, so long as the story inside is good?