Archive for 'Fiction'

The Black Cloud, 1960

I’ve been staying away from Penguins lately in favor of more obscure publishers, but this one caught my eye. The “cover drawing by John Griffiths” is a little different for them.

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Cyrano de Bergerac, 1966

Gotta love this. Design: Gips & Danne.

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Four Quartets, 1971

Cover design by Ellen Raskin.

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Sadness, 1980

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The Balcony, 1958

Was thinking I probably had another Roy Kuhlman design laying around here somewhere. Lo and behold: this one just one color. I guess that’s a railing?

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Krapp’s Last Tape, 1960

Boy, Roy Kuhlman sure was having fun over there at Evergreen…

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Also, I love finding hidden little treats from the past, like someone’s addition to the half title here…

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Pudd’nhead Wilson, 1955

This is the 8th printing of this, but I imagine it’s the same cover as ’55. Another nice one from Evergreen/Grove, and quite possibly our pal Roy


Modern French Literature, 1967

Aaaah, I loves me a nice Albers knock-off.

The copyright page design credit is for John O. C. McCrillis, but I think that’s just the inside.

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Seen a couple comments/inquires out there about the typeface. I WISH I knew what it was. It’s great. Just for kicks, I scanned the spine so you could see some more of it…

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The Transposed Heads, 1959

By Mr. Rand.

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I love the simple yellow back:

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The Victim, 1965

Super-tight Helvetica.

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