Monday, November 5, 2007

Paperback 40: Best Seller Classics (nn)

Paperback 40: Best Seller Classics (nn) (1st ptg? No date given)

Title: Call of the Wild
Author: Jack London
Cover artist: N/A


There is only one reason I own this book: the texture. Can you see? Can you see the lizardy surface? It's just So Weird. I don't know when this edition was published, or why, but here it is. I believe I once saw one of these books in red. Same book ... just red. I may have dreamed that, but I'm pretty sure I didn't. There is literally No text on the back of this book. It's just ... blue. Apparently this textured cover thing was supposed to be fancy; a note on the publishing info page reads: "Specially selected immortal literature, handsomely designed with luxurious, leatherette finish covers." I will now assess the validity of this statement on a word-by-word basis:

  • "Specially selected..." - if they say so. I can't dispute this.
  • "... immortal..." - it's literature, not a vampire.
  • " ... literature, ..." - sure, go on ...
  • "... handsomely designed ..." - stretching it...
  • "with luxurious..." - I challenge
  • "leatherette finish covers" - so that's what you call that texture. "Leatherette." This must be one of those rare instances where the "-ette" suffix means "not."

RP

4 comments:

Mary said...

This publisher wants you to worship at the temple of literature--the only other place I have seen that texture on a book cover was on the missals we used at Mass in elementary school. Generally in red.

Michael5000 said...

Great cover concept! ...for a review copy, or some other pre-publication version that gets distributed before the cover art is ready. Oh, wait, that IS the cover art? Oh.

It looks kind of tall and skinny-like, not the usual book dimensions. Optical illusion?

MIZCLASSY said...

I HAVE A BOOK WITH THE SAME "COMPLETE AND UNABRIDGED" 50CENT STAMP. IT IS TITLED, TOM SAWYER BY MARK TWAIN. THE COVER IS ORANGE. PUBLISHED BY AWARD BOOKS, INC IN NEW YORK,NY. THE BACK OF THE BOOK IS ALL ORANGE, NO PRINT. IT ALSO HAS THE EXACT WORDS IN THE INSIDE OF THE BOOK STATING "SPECIALLY SELECTED IMMORTAL LITERATURE..." SO ON AND SO FORTH. HAS ANYONE FOUND ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE BOOK OR ITS PUBLISHER?

Kiah Vance said...

I just bought this exact same copy of Call of the Wild at a Half Price Books and am going crazy trying to figure out when it was published. I've seen people talking about another "best seller classics" (which is what it says at the bottom) collection by the same publisher, just in red "leatherette". I found one of them on amazon, Christmas Carol, which listed the publication date as 1955. I also then realized I have a copy of Alice in Wonderland with the exact same cover look as that copy of a Christmas Carol. So I'm not sure if this blue leatherette one is from before or after the red ones but they are from the same publisher. This is the first page I've found referencing the blue copy of Call of the Wild. I MUST KNOW WHEN THIS WAS PUBLISHED PLEASE HELP DX