Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!!
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful book covers!
It also provides information,
if available, on their very talented creators!
For more information
about Shelf Candy Saturday,
simply go HERE.
Here's my choice for this week!
A Wizard of Earthsea
(Earthsea Cycle #1)
Hardcover, 205 pages
Fantasy, Science Fiction,
Young Adult Fiction
My Thoughts About This Cover
This is the book's original cover, and I love it just as much as the one I featured last week!
The style of this image is completely different from the more realistic cover in my previous post. This one is less realistic, and more abstract. The artist is here concerned with the overall design, with the rhythmic, repetitious flow of lines. The lines of the young man's hair are repeated in the landscape behind him -- in the waves of the sea, and what I assume are rolling clouds above. The color scheme is very simple, too. This is a very bold composition.
There's something about this cover that reminds me of Britain's famous Bayeux Tapestry. The image itself has echoes of the type of figures appearing on the tapestry. This is reinforced by the medieval-looking font used for the book's title.
The Battle of Hastings
(Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
The brilliant illustrator for this book is credited right on the cover -- Ruth Robbins. She is also mentioned in the Wikipedia article about this novel, which features the 1968 edition.
Robbins is a published author, as well as an illustrator of children's books. Some of her own books include: Baboushka and the Three Kings, which is her own retelling of a Russian fairy tale (ironically, she did not create the illustrations for this book), Literary Feminisms, Subjectivity, and Key Concepts in Literary Theory, which she co-authored with Julian Wolfreys and Kenneth Womack.
Online Links for Ruth Robbins
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