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!
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about Shelf Candy Saturday,
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Here's my choice for this week!
Hardcover, 256 pages
White's Books, Fine Edition
April 1, 2010
Adventure, Classics, Historical Fiction,
Literary Fiction, YA Fiction
Why do I love this cover?
This is not the typical cover for this beloved children's classic, by any means! Usually, the covers for this novel have featured either pirates -- whether generic ones, or Long John Silver himself -- the ships of the period, an island, or perhaps all three. This cover, in contrast, is an abstract composition, one that should really be hanging in a gallery, to boot! Thus, this cover transcends the category of illustration, and enters the domain of fine art.
The image is based on nature, but has been abstracted to the most basic elements of the objects depicted. The clouds, loaded with rain, have become rhythmic ripples shot through with angry, black striations. The restless sea beneath is now a series of undulating patterns that resemble loose skeins of yarn more than waves. I do feel this to be a small 'flaw' in this image, but still, the overall effect is so lovely, I'm willing to overlook it. The push-and-pull tension in the composition, created by all the opposing angles, does convey the feeling of a storm-tossed ocean landscape, after all. Interestingly, however, the waves also remind me of mountain ranges.
I am so glad that the title and author's name have been placed in a black bar at the bottom of the cover! Thus, they don't interrupt the sweeping, rolling rhythms of this composition.
Here's an image of the full cover:
The creator of this visual masterpiece is artist Stanley Donwood, working with the designer David Pearson, who has done the overall design of an entire series of books -- known as "Fine Editions" -- for White's Books, his own UK publishing house.
These are indeed luscious books for ardent bibliophiles like me to own! Prices vary for the treasure (pun intended) depicted in this post; the copy available at the ipg website listed above is pretty reasonable, while the one for sale at Amazon CA is, surprisingly, even more so.
Donwood (his real name is Dan Rickwood) is most famous for his association with the British band, Radiohead. Since 1994, he has been the creator of all of their album covers and posters. He is also a writer.
I might very well soon acquire this stunning volume, although I already own a copy of Treasure Island, with an equally gorgeous, if more figuratively inspired, cover. I will also be featuring that cover in a future post!
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this week's choice?
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