Review: Jane Austen Cover to Cover

Review: Jane Austen Cover to Cover (200 years of Classic Covers)
Author: Margaret C. Sullivan
Publisher: Quirk Books
Published: November 11. 2014
Hardcover, 224 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59474-725-0
Genre: Nonfiction
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
Jane Austen’s six novels are true classics, still immensely popular some 200 years after their first publication. But although the celebrated stories never change, the covers are always different. Jane Austen Cover to Covercompiles two centuries of design, from elegant Victorian hardcovers and the famed 1894 “Peacock” edition to 1950s pulp, movie tie-in editions, graphic novels, foreign-language translations, and many, many others. Filled with beautiful artwork and insightful commentary, this fascinating and visually intriguing collection is a must for Janeites, design geeks, and book lovers of every stripe.

My Thoughts:
A picture is worth a thousand words, but how about a book cover. A book cover is one of your first introductions to a book. A good cover can intrigue you enough to pick up a book and turn it over to see if this book is right for you. Some covers are so pretty you want to hang them on your wall and display as a work of art. But what about books that have been around for a couple of centuries. Have you ever wondered about their original covers? 

There is something about Jane Austen that calls out to many people. We're still fascinated by her over two centuries later. Even more so, her books are still widely read. Although her books have remained the same, the covers  have evolved over time.  Margaret C. Sullivan takes us on a journey through pictures and commentary of Austen books throughout their publication.

I thoroughly enjoyed looking through this book and reading Sullivan's thoughts on the cover and laughed at the snarky comments as well--because some covers have the 'what were you thinking' vibe.  I enjoyed the history behind the covers as well as recognizing some of the covers to the books I own. I also made a mental list of editions I'd like to own. 

I think all book lovers will appreciate this book, but the Janeites will love it. 

My Rating: