Friday, October 19, 2012

Paperback 573: Net of Cobwebs / Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (Bantam 26) (w / dust jacket)

Paperback 573: Bantam 26 (1st ptg, 1946) (dust jacket, undated)

Title: Net of Cobwebs
Author: Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
Cover artist: Uncredited (original) / [signature appears to read "Gillen" ?!] (dust jacket)

Yours for: $75

Best things about this cover:
  • I vote "Sucker!"
  • This is what happens when you park your car in the living room.
  • Peeping Toms get off on the strangest things...
  • This is the cover of the dust jacket. As I have said before, dust-jacketed paperbacks are quite rare in any condition. This one is remarkably tight. Dust jacket and all its permagloss are completely intact and uncreased.


Best things about this back cover:
  • I do like a "floating lady heads" cover.
  • Wow, that red ink really bleeds. 
  • One of those rare instances where it looks like the cover to the original hardback edition was better.

Here are the front and back covers of the original, un-dustjacketed edition:



Page 123~
He got out of bed, naked as a worm, and went to the window; there was a gray mist outside, but it was day. He could see the garage. And that made him remember all of it. Murder, blackmail, grief. Who wouldn't sell a farm and go to sea?

This was taken from her earlier short story, "The Worm Who Sold His Farm and Went to Sea."


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Tulse said...

Pseudo-parallel structure bugs me -- a person can be a "witness" or a "sucker", but not a "murder". "Murder" is an event, not a personal quality. "Murderer" would make sense, but not "murder".

capewood said...

"Naked as a worm" is a disturbing metaphor (at least to me) for nakedness. It suggests pink, raw, moist skin.

Anonymous said...

Is EliZabeth Sanxay Holding, credited on the cover as the author, related in any way to the Elisabeth Sanxay Holding you've featured in recent posts?