My eye was caught by a bookshelf full of orange, white and black book covers.
It was the somewhat familiar Penguin Books look -- not really used in the United States. The shelf looked something like this:
|Mock-up of books on display.|
On closer examination, I realised the black bars were not of equal width and it dawned on me the title and author had been blocked out for some reason.
|Scan of the book cover.|
What a fantastic design! A book without the title or the author on the cover! But it makes sense to do that for an edition of "1984."
Even though I do not need a copy of "1984," I spent $13 Canadian on this edition. I was so taken by it.
The best part about the story is:
After I got home and more closely examined the book cover I noticed the cover was embossed. The logo and the penguin on the bottom are embossed, and …
… THE TITLE AND AUTHOR ARE EMBOSSED ON THE COVER.
The title and author are indeed on the cover of the book. And they are blocked out. And they are still semi-readable.
What a fantastic design!
I guess this book cover is a tribute/homage to the original Penguin Books covers of the past. I'm not familiar with those book covers, I'm pretty sure they were used in Great Britain only, but in searching around the Internet, I found many representations of the old design. This "1984" cover certainly pays tribute to that design.
And in searching the Internet for articles about this particular book cover, I found a nice article on the designer, David Pearson. This book is part of a series of reissues of George Orwell's books.
|The title and author are there. Click for larger.|
|Picture stolen from the Internet.|
Incidentally, here -- from an Ebay auction -- is a photo of a 1955 Penguin edition of "1984."
|No black bars on this one. From Ebay.|