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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Old books, new editions

These books aren't new but they are new to this store. Sitting face out on our shelves, these stunning editions were just asking to have their pictures taken and shared on the world wide web...

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. Published by the New York Review of Books.


Diaries by Franz Kafka. Published by Shocken Books. Cover design by Peter Mendelsund. (Look at those rough cut edges. They make for the most satisfying flip.) 

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Grove Press. Cover design by Evan Gaffney Design. (This collaborative novel, based on a true crime, was written in 1945, years before Kerouac and Burrough's rise to fame, and finally published in 2008. The type on the cover is embossed inwards as if from a forceful typewriter.)

Of Walking in Ice by Werner Herzog. Free Association Press. (A reprint of Herzog's 1974 diary, initially published in 1978, which documents the filmmaker's foot journey from Paris to Munich to see his old friend, film historian Lotte Eisner who was ill at the time.)

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