From The Library Of The Unsubscriber No.24, Five Classic Titles

This week’s article is going to be short and to the point, no need for any in-depth information or history on this brief collection of five books. These are classic tomes which I’m sure that we’ve all either got a copy lurking away on our shelves somewhere or have at least read at some point down the years. This was a purely arbitrary selection based on nifty cover designs rather than any lofty notion of literary standing and so this small selection of greats is obviously just a tiny snapshot of the pantheon of truly outstanding science fiction literature we are truly lucky to have access to.

No more talking now, let’s look at some lovely book covers instead;

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
This version was published in 1963 by Ballantine Books
The cover artist is Joe Mugnaini

Bradbury Fahrenheit 451

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
This version was published in 1964 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is John Griffiths

Wyndham The Chrysalids

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
This version was published in 2008 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Unbelievably for me this was an incredibly late printing that I decided to pick up after much deliberation. Prices of earlier editions were bordering on lunacy and so my attentions turned elsewhere. I think this modern/retro design is extremely well executed and I’m very pleased to have it nestled amongst my vintage paperbacks where I don’t think it looks out of place in the slightest.

Orwell 1984

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
This version was published in 1983 by Panther / Granada
The cover artist is Heinrich Hoerle

Huxley Brave New World

War Of The Worlds by H. G. Wells
This version was published in 1971 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is Harry Willock

Wells The War Of The Worlds

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4 thoughts on “From The Library Of The Unsubscriber No.24, Five Classic Titles

  1. Postcard Cafe 16/12/2015 / 10:55 am

    Hi Mr Unsub,
    Another nice set of covers!
    The design for 1984 is by Shephard Fairey https://obeygiant.com
    It was he who also did the iconic “Hope” design for Barak Obama on his presidential campaign.
    He first came to peoples attention after a global street sticker campaign featuring his trademark “Obey” with images of Andre The Giant. He has also done some huge street art poster campaigns across the globe. (He also designed the cover for a Led Zeppelin compilation album a few years ago).
    He is now a massive multi million dollar brand producing merchandise from posters to clothing.
    You’ll find a load of info and images of his artwork if you put his name into any popular search engine….
    Hope this helps.
    Best wishes
    Mr C

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    • unsubscriber 23/12/2015 / 12:49 pm

      Thanks for the kind words and all the information on Shephard Fairey, I’ll have to go and do a little research now. All the best my friend.

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  2. John C Nash 16/12/2015 / 3:21 pm

    Ooh, I like that Bradbury cover very much. My F451 is the post-film Corgi edition, which I’ve always rather liked, but that Ballantine of yours is a work of modernist beauty.

    And Harry Willock! What a guy! Always a favourite (even though, when I showed that cover to a friend some time ago he said “That looks like a hedgehog eating spaghetti” . . . and I’ve never been able to look at it the same way since).

    Terrific selection, Mr, Scriber.

    All the very best to you.

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    • unsubscriber 23/12/2015 / 12:54 pm

      Glad to hear you liked the F451 cover Mr Nash, I always thought it was a bit of an eye-catcher myself so it’s good to know you appreciate it too. I’ve just taken a closer look at War of the Worlds and that illustration does indeed look suspiciously like a hedgehog tucking into some spaghetti, I never saw that way before but now that’s all be able to think! All the best to you and yours too old chum.

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