Thursday, July 24, 2008

Brian Barth: Still Waters

Really striking cover, especially in person - the goth foliage illustration is really cool, for one - and it's sliced this way and that on the front and back cover. Also, the triangular slices are sometimes glossy, sometimes matte. The foliage and slices are explained in the plot summary (from Pantheon):

When the badly decayed body of an elderly woman is unearthed, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie and his sergeant, Emma Bradbury, are called in on the case. The body provides only two mysterious clues to the identity of the murderer: someone with a deadly knowledge of household plants used shears to clip the fingertips off the corpse's right hand...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fritz Eichenberg: Jane Eyre & Wuthering Heights

Random House published these two volumes as a boxed set in 1943. I found out about them in the movie Definitely, Maybe, where this particular volume of Jane Eyre plays a role. There are no dust jackets, just the engravings on both front and back (flipped on the back) and the novel's name and author on the spine. If you click on the first image to enlarge, you'll spot Jane herself...but she'll creep up on you.