Jane Austen Cover to Cover: 200 Years of Classic Book Covers
Since the first publication of her six novels in the 19th century, she has delighted generations of fans with classic stories that have never changed—and countless covers that have. Jane Austen Cover to Cover compiles two centuries of design showcasing one of the world’s most beloved and celebrated novelists. With over 200 images, plus hi...more
This is a marvelous book, non-fiction of the best kind. It documents most known editions of Austen’s novels, their covers and illustrations, from the first modest printing of Sense and Sensibility in 1811 (print run of 750 copies) until now.
The photos on every page made me smile. My heart pulsed with joy the entire t ...more
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I always knew that there were lots of different covers and editions of Jane Austen's novels - I own quite a few versions myself! - but I didn't realise how many there really were!
This book was absolutely fascinating to look through and spot ones I own, and how m ...more
In Austen’s own day each title was publish ...more
I'm the first to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of Jane Austen. Hear me out: I enjoy her books, but I'm not as much of a fan as I am of, say, Little Women or Anne of Green Gables. Multiple copies of both novels grace my shelves, and I have gotten copies of them just for their covers. I've memorized portions, acted out scenes in middle school, referenced the stories as online usernames, I'm literally wearing a Little Women shirt at thi ...more
Initially, I wasn’t so sure about Jane Austen Cover by Cover. I mean, obviously when the chance to review it came, I leaped on it like Caroline Bingley on an offer of marriage from a man of good fortune. A Christina in sight of anything having to do with Jane Austen must be in want of said item. I have zero self-control. Though I’ve managed to keep from adding every single terrible published fan fic of Austen’s novels to my Goodr ...more
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You guys, this book is my catnip. It combines several of my favorite things: Jane Austen, cover design, history, and humor. It's got a gorgeous cover and full-color pages and hilarious commentary.
Full disclaimer: this book was made for me. I'm coming in with a just Janeite bias. I've read every book multiple times over, I've seen every adaptation that I've heard of, I can quote lines from memory, and I even have Jane Austen band aids. And most import ...more
I have to say that the first thing I judged about this book was its cover. Obviously. You can’t write a book about book covers without having a good one yourself, it just wouldn’t work. But the cover is lovely, if not groundbreaking, and looks especially nice sitting on a coffee table for casual perusal.
Cover to Cover is a visual history of the covers that have graced-and disgraced-Jane Austen’s work, from her first print ...more
I love Jane Austen (though I wouldn't call myself a Janeite, not yet anyway) and I love book covers (especially pretty ones) so I was really excited for Margaret C. Sullivan's book, Jane Austen Cover to Cover: 200 Years of Classic Book Covers, published November 2014.
This book pretty much lived up to every expectation I had. It was set up in a really aesthetically pleasing way, which made the reading experience so much better. Each page had one cover and a write ...more
I could have wished for further explanation on why the writer chose to include ...more
In my opinion, the true sign of loving a book is owning multiple copies and versions of it. For example, I myself own six different copies of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. Over the years, I’ve found annotated versions, paperbacks, hardcovers, illustrated, vintage, and many other types of printings. I enjoy collecting different copies to compare covers, prefaces, introductions, and illustra ...more
The hum ...more
Whoever said that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover was clearly not a true bookworm. Book covers make a big difference. It's a truth universally acknowledged that TV tie-editions are the worst but any ugly cover can be enough to put you off a book. Margaret C Sullivan herself points out that the initial title for Pride and Prejudice was First Impressions. Initial thoughts are hard to shake. In this book, Sullivan offers a full run ...more
It’s an interesting collection, showcasing the traditional covers as well as more modern takes on Austen, movie/miniseries tie-ins, languages besides English, etc. My only issue was that the writer fell into the trap of describing romance in a way that makes it seem like a lesser genre; unhappy when others boiled Austen down as “only” romance but not r ...more
Overall Rating: 5.00
Photograph Rating: 5.00
History Rating: 5.00
Review: Words cannot express how much I LOVED Jane Austen Cover to Cover by Margaret C. Sullivan. If you are a Jane Austen fan there is plenty of history in this about the covers, printings, and tidbits about Jane. If you are a cover fan, you will love the 100s of ways these covers have been imagined (both English and non-English covers). This went on my Jane Austen shelf and I saw several covers I would ...more
I have a dreadful literacy secret, that is that I have never read a Jane Austen; I know, I know how is this possible and where have I been? I felt that this book was a brilliant one to introduce me to Austen.
This book is simply stunning, it shows 200 years of Auten's covers with large photographs and very informative text. You don't have to be an Austen fan to appreciate this book, don't get me wrong, fans are g ...more
Overall Thoughts: After reading this book there is no doubt in my mind this will be a treasured book in my collection. I think no matter if you’ve read all of her novels, none, watched all of the movies and made for tv specials, or some combination Austen has touched your life. Heck, there are modern-day books and movies that are based on them you might not even realize (Clueless anyone? AS IF!!). I fall into the movie group. I ...more
I was expecting a selection of photos of odd and/or beautiful editions of Austen novels - and I got that. (Seriously, you should see some of these covers. Gut-bustingly horrible and funny.) What I wasn't expecting, but got anyway, was an informed timeline of publi ...more
I'm not the biggest Jane Austen fan, having only read two of her books in high school, but I do enjoy pretty book covers and I've been thinking about rereading the books I was forced to read in high school to see if I have more appreciation for them as an adult. I really enjoyed seeing all of the Jane Austen book covers throughout history and to see how they've evolved over time. The book includes a brief history of Jane's life and a lo ...more
It’s fascinating and fun to see the different book cover art through the years since Austen was first published. We see international editions, first editions, movie-tie-in editions, as well as the common mass market paperback editions. Sullivan also spotlights the graphic novel and e-book versions that have come out in recent years, editions aimed at children and teen ...more