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Old 08-19-2017   #1
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I'm curious what particular book editions - and not necessarily Weird/Horror - other TLO members admire for the beauty of their design.

Here's a recent fine press edition of the Colour Out of Space that really impressed me - definitely not to everyone's taste though:


Link to stills:

http://www.shelterbookworks.com/the-colour-out-of-space
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Re: Your favorite book designs?

Excellent idea for a topic! Thank you so much for sharing the Shelter Bookworks edition, I had never seen that before. Truly a beautiful work of art. I have one book of note in my collection that I think is rather nice; Musikkens Verden, Familiens Musikkbok from 1951 (The World of Music, The Family's Music Book in Norwegian)
This is one of the first pressings of 54000 copies made, so it's not a very rare book, I've seen copies in antique stores before. It is a treatise of music and instruments from around the world, from specific genres and instruments to musicians. Not that exciting but I value it as I inherited it from my parents.
The spine is of leather and the cover is made from polished woodplates. The pages inside are nondescript but features some rather nice illustrations and photos.





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Re: Your favorite book designs?

The large Annotated volumes published by Clarkson N. Potter.
Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories by Harry Lee Poe
Poe's Tales of Mystery And Imagination - Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
The Fantasy Book by Franz Rottensteiner
The Science Fiction Book by Franz Rottensteiner
Edgar Allan Poe by Charlotte Montague
H.P. Lovecraft by Charlotte Montague
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The Complete Symphonies of Adolf Hitler and Other Strange Stories by Reggie Oliver (Haunted River Press, 2005)
Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner (1996 edition) by Paul M. Sammon
Mister Babadook (Pop Up Book) by Jennifer Kent
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Re: Your favorite book designs?

I didn't know about the Rackham edition of Poe - I prefer Clarke's interior illustrations, but the Rackham binding/cover is definitely superior:

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Re: Your favorite book designs?

I actually discovered the Shelter Bookworks Colour Out of Space while looking up reviews of the recent Folio Society edition of Lovecraft. I've been wanting a nice Lovecraft edition for some time, and I'm a fan of Dan Hillier's artwork:

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A friend of mine found this some time ago, seems appropriate to this tread:


Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be among my books searching for hidden artwork on the edges.

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Re: Your favorite book designs?

Every book from this collection:

Example: Aickman,Cold Hand in Mine


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Re: Your favorite book designs?

I don't own this but it looks stunning.

https://www.eastonpress.com/prod/F52...-METAMORPHOSIS

I would love to see Easton Press publish Ligotti.
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Re: Your favorite book designs?

I found this blog Caustic Cover Critic where the writer reviews and compares book covers (and sometimes content). Thanks to the blog, I'll be buying this


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Re: Your favorite book designs?

The US 1st hb version of William Golding's fantastic Darkness Visible has always been pretty evocative — and by that I mean it gives me the heebies but is a thing a beauty.

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