ILB: Post your canonical covers here

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Such as this one from the first paperback edition of The Dog of the South
http://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9780553341690-us.jpg

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 June 2016 16:12 (three years ago) link

The hardback, that is.

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 June 2016 16:15 (three years ago) link

This edition of The Stranger was in the spinning paperback rack of every public library everywhere when I was coming up http://images.mentalfloss.com/sites/default/files/7755782156_2e0cbbe820_z.jpg

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 June 2016 16:21 (three years ago) link

The much beloved Impressionist Lite cover of The Sun Also Rises
http://billadamsphd.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Sun-Also-Rises-PM.jpg

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 June 2016 16:24 (three years ago) link

The green and yellow background Evelyn Waugh's, such as The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

http://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/photo.goodreads.com/books/1348477491i/1060081._UY200_.jpg

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 June 2016 16:28 (three years ago) link

Later editions of Charlie Gillett's The Sound of the City all have lots of pictures of star performers on the cover, but the original one I read had this amazing guitar jukebox hybrid image
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51UYQeEHwBL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 June 2016 16:45 (three years ago) link

Old school Dalkey Archive covers, especially fo Wittgenstein's Mistress:
https://cover.archinform.net/m/9780916583507.jpg

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 June 2016 21:08 (three years ago) link

bought a bunch of these 70s editions of Evelyn Waugh books with covers by Bentley/Farrell/Burnett from my local oxfam bookshop when I was a student

https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6087/6055469755_844511e539_b.jpg

soref, Sunday, 12 June 2016 21:18 (three years ago) link

there have been much hipper versions of this since, but this Lord of the Flies cover is really burned into my brain

http://cdn.mhpbooks.com/2011/11/lotf2.png

rob, Sunday, 12 June 2016 21:43 (three years ago) link

there have been a zillion covers of gravity's rainbow but this one, which freaked me out a little when i first looked at it in a waldenbooks sometime in the late 90s, remains the "real" one for me:

https://www.waste.org/pynchon-l/grcover1.jpg

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Sunday, 12 June 2016 23:34 (three years ago) link

Either that or t he other GR cover with a somewhat similar idea:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8e/Gravitys_rainbow_cover.jpg
#i always get those two mixed up

This is what I think of as the "real" Lord of the Flies
https://covers.openlibrary.org/b/id/6532799-M.jpg

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00 (three years ago) link

that GR cover JD posted looks like a VHS more than a book, something about the proportions of the text

also that Camus looks like the best lost pop punk album art

de l'asshole (flopson), Monday, 13 June 2016 00:20 (three years ago) link

*post* punk

de l'asshole (flopson), Monday, 13 June 2016 00:45 (three years ago) link

I had this one on me a lot in high school/early college

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/54/PenalColony.jpg/220px-PenalColony.jpg

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Monday, 13 June 2016 01:57 (three years ago) link

The GR cover that James Redd posted is oddly disconcerting.

How did Frank Miller end up doing the most recent one?

circa1916, Monday, 13 June 2016 02:01 (three years ago) link

I mean the one JD posted. The classic one still makes me a little queasy too tho.

circa1916, Monday, 13 June 2016 02:02 (three years ago) link

Avon paperback of The Last Gentleman, with Will Barrett looking through a telescope at what is presumably Central Park
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31FB-OqURPL._BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 June 2016 07:51 (three years ago) link

those penguin waughs are great... a few there i've never seen before. similarly, the penguin ionicus wodehouse covers!

my canonical lord of the flies...
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/83/6c/b5/836cb59f1362200e4f555ffdd81ddceb.jpg

no lime tangier, Monday, 13 June 2016 07:58 (three years ago) link

My generation's Lord Of The Flies
http://cdn.mhpbooks.com/2011/11/lotf3-320x483.jpg

Oh baby, if only you knew / Gabnebb hit a hundred-and-two (stevie), Monday, 13 June 2016 10:42 (three years ago) link

You would see this version of I Sing the Body Electric! with the eerie mummy-meld cover on a shelf at seemingly every other household in the seventies in the US.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ia-FbHxcUB4/UAniFy2P3II/AAAAAAAAAGE/Tj1b7yIUcnA/s1600/ray_bradbury_i_sing_the_body_electric_cover.8u6z4e94wq4oscok804w04ss.d28e1p3urvkkosc8o0okcc0sg.th.jpeg

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 June 2016 23:01 (three years ago) link

Usually side by side with this version of The Illustrated Man.
http://highwaytomars.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/illustrated_man.jpg

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 June 2016 23:18 (three years ago) link

This exercise reminds of that recent thread - I can't recall the exact title - called something like "How strong is your inner vision center?" because, while I have some reasonably strong sense of the general layout of these covers in my memory, many of the details have long been forgotten, if they were ever remarked upon in the first place.

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 June 2016 23:28 (three years ago) link

"My" Code of the Woosters
http://wodehouse.ru/cover/e/59-02.jpg

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 June 2016 23:37 (three years ago) link

Looks like Jonathan Rosenbaum had the same copy of The Last Gentleman that I had: http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/2016/04/dr-percy-to-the-rescue-on-walker-percys-the-second-coming/

Cry for a Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 June 2016 23:46 (three years ago) link

Much canonicals here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26518458@N05/sets/72157628002693444/

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 15 June 2016 22:22 (three years ago) link

Not sure about that Code of the Woosters cover, I seem to remember Jeeves making his feeling about moustaches pretty clear.

.robin., Thursday, 16 June 2016 00:56 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Okay, confirmation and new recollection. Saw "my" Lord of the Flies as above
https://covers.openlibrary.org/b/id/6532799-M.jpg
on a table of used books at 8th Street and 6th Avenue and in the pile of books was one of these Sigmund Freud editions:
http://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9780393096514-us.jpg

Hare in the Gated Snare (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 9 July 2016 20:05 (three years ago) link

What's black and white and re(a)d all over?

Hare in the Gated Snare (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 9 July 2016 20:06 (three years ago) link

Sigmund judges us all and finds us wanting

http://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9780393096514-us.jpg
The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my decades of posting here is 'What does ILB want?'

Polyphemos Def (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 9 July 2016 23:33 (three years ago) link

Not sure about that Code of the Woosters cover, I seem to remember Jeeves making his feeling about moustaches pretty clear.

Perhaps you're right:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYf5YPNnfRY

Polyphemos Def (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 10 July 2016 00:44 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Used to see this cover of Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang everywhere. Still have yet to read myself.

http://www.lwcurrey.com/pictures/medium/135665.jpg

Autotune the Sky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 September 2016 18:07 (two years ago) link

That cover for The Sound and the Fury has a similar Red Sky theme to those for Gravity's Rainbow. Probably could do a whole thread about that in itself. Also, surprised no one posted anything for Dhalgren yet.

Reposting the very slightly changed Jonathan Rosenbaum Walker Percy link: http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.net/1980/07/dr-percy-to-the-rescue-on-walker-percys-the-second-coming/.

Autotune the Sky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 September 2016 18:31 (two years ago) link

There are dozens of different covers for Heinlein's 'Space Cadet' and 'Starship Troopers', but these are the ones I remember:
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/SpaceCadet_790.JPG
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/bb/a8/40/bba840c9b22938f7b30957b4c032b383.jpg

here we are now entertain us (snoball), Sunday, 25 September 2016 18:38 (two years ago) link

This was the cover of Starship Troopers I had. Very effectively menacing.
https://www.worldswithoutend.com/alt_covers/starship_troopers7.jpg

Autotune the Sky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 September 2016 18:52 (two years ago) link

All the Len Deighton covers that used this font:
http://www.bookgasm.com/wp-content/images//BDBALT.jpg

here we are now entertain us (snoball), Sunday, 25 September 2016 19:21 (two years ago) link

Think maybe some recent Len Deighton covers pay tribute to that look.

Came to post all the Saul Bellow covers that looked like these:
https://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9780380009619-us-300.jpg
http://thesmartestbookclubever.com/perch/resources/book_covers/henderson-the-rain-king-w800.jpg

Berberian Begins at Home (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 6 October 2016 01:09 (two years ago) link

this was the version of Lord of the Flies we had in my school library, the cover to the first edition by Anthony Gross:

http://cdn2.mhpbooks.com/2011/11/lotf11-320x484.png

soref, Thursday, 6 October 2016 01:22 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

And the Avon cover of Herzog, recently discussed on the current rolling thread
https://pictures.abebooks.com/100POCKETS/md/md15248976356.jpg

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 9 June 2017 03:10 (two years ago) link

Not a Delillo fan, so I like how inappropriately cheesey this one is:

https://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9780394741215-us.jpg

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 9 June 2017 14:20 (two years ago) link

there have been a zillion covers of gravity's rainbow but this one, which freaked me out a little when i first looked at it in a waldenbooks sometime in the late 90s, remains the "real" one for me:

I take my stand on this

alimosina, Friday, 9 June 2017 17:09 (two years ago) link

i used to have a copy of that one! i loaned it to someone who never returned it >:[

j., Saturday, 10 June 2017 03:33 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

The original cover of Mystery Trainhttps://images.reverb.com/image/upload/s--0SFBtWYu--/f_auto,t_large/v1548875166/ddmahcmmmt9ns6yex3j4.jpg

Later covers emphasized Elvis - seems there was at least one edition with a Warhol Double Elvis- and now there is just a black on white image of a guitar headstock.

The Fearless Thread Killers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 September 2019 18:42 (one week ago) link


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