27 book covers.

Tobermory and other stories. Saki. 1998. Cover Diana Ong / SuperStock.

Fondation Foudroyée. Isaac Asimov. 1983. Cover Hubert de Lartigue.

Death Comes For The Archbishop. Willa Cather. 1990. Cover Ann Gold.

We have you covered…

Today’s post features artwork spanning seven decades of book publishing – luxuriate yourselves in this selection of book covers plucked straight from the shelves of TVTA!

Some titles will be instantly recognisable, others quite obscure, some have been adapted for stage, film or television, but all are equal here in having wonderful covers to bind their tales.

Enjoy your book.


Thank you for staring longingly at the cover with us 🙂

All images scanned from books selected from the collection of TVTA.

Chip Kidd quote art courtesy of quotefancy.com

Happy New Yeats! Party like it’s 1999, in 1962!

Prince Magazine Special. 1985. Australia.

Happy new year vintage mates! Sorry we’re late and sorry we got the wrong year, but Wooof and I just got back from time travelling in 1982 watching Prince recording 1999, then we got lost in 1962 and found a cool book of poetry from W.B. Yeats, and then we got tangled up in a vintage space war between aliens and robots disputing a 3 billion year old moon made of chedder cheese and denim!

Anyway, we’re back now, so happy New Year one and all, and may all your dreams come to fruition!

Magic! She-Ra: Princess of Power. Shadow Weaver’s Magic Mirror. Ladybird. UK. 1986.

Here is the Yeats book of poetry, plus a poem of my own – in honour of someone who I dearly wish time would have allowed us a longer acquaintance.

W.B. Yeats Selected Poetry. St Martin’s Library. UK. 1962. Huguette’s copy.

Poem: Coffee with Huguette

Robber Death the inevitable thief, that hooded-faced reaper with grinning teeth –
If I’d have known he was coming so soon for Huguette,
I’d have ordered more coffee, and broken more bread.
If I’d have had just a wee bit more time to get to know Huguette,
I’m certain we would have shared lines of verse on paper
As blank as the faces that would watch us titter
At a table on a terrace in a city that would suit us.

If I’d have known… speaking in English tongues wrapped around French bread,
Coffee and caramel and sugar and biscuits,
Naming flowers and poets and abstract artists,
Naming food fit for queens and peasants and paupers –
From the coast of San Diego, Pau to Cork, Birmingham to the coast of Majorca.

Imagine my grief, Huguette, at the hands of Robber Death,
Breaking and entering and taking as he pleased; my grief –
A mere puddle of tears, compared to the wretched loss felt by your mother
Your son and daughter, and your grandson who you held in your hospital bed.
Your family wasn’t so much robbed – they were ruthlessly plundered.

Yet, Huguette, there are so many books of yours stood about, on shelves,
On desks, in funny old places, with their hidden treasures of curious bookmarks,
Clippings, photos, and your charming sketches – and always your name…
Inked on some page, top left, top right, doesn’t matter where, but you were there,
On that page, one time, in time, marking time, when you had the time,
Time, as we all believe we possess in teeming abundance, laid out before us,
Like sprawling sagas and epics penned for us.

If I’d have known… but, ah, too late, and now I wait for Robber Death to come for me
If he must, and in this moment of pity and my time-weary grief.
I shall not dread those creaking hinges as he pushes at my door,
Nor fear any red-faced gurning demons he sends to blast my losses; let them howl on,
His spiteful banshees and shrieking angels, for I will smite them with five good words
Sent from a beating heart: you will never rob my dreams.

Waiter… table for two on the terrace, please. Make that two coffees.
Ah. If I’d have known, dear Huguette, if only I’d have known,
We would have stayed all afternoon, and till the sun went down.

French coffee advert. Used as a bookmark by Huguette.

This book belongs to… Huguette.

L’Irlande article. Used as a bookmark by Huguette.

Magic! A.E. Waite tarot.


Post dedicated to Huguette Laporte.

Words and poem by the editor.


 

Homework assignment: building a better robot

We can do it!

Gerry Anderson Andromedan Warbot. 1979. UK.

Starlog Japan. 1981. Maximilian.

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Chapter 29

“Write drunk, edit sober.” Ernest Hemingway.

Of course, many believe that Hemingway never actually said this. It’s more likely that he wouldn’t let anything interfere with his writing, and that includes a hangover. But in the spirit of romance, we surf on those words.

A votre santé!



Annuals adverts

Annuals are hardback anthologies published once a year, usually in time for the Christmas market. Annuals consist of multi comic stories, either new or republished, featuring characters normally seen in their weekly or monthly editions. Puzzle pages, features, profiles, facts and content not always seen in regular format may also feature in annuals. Below is a selection of annual adverts featuring some of the biggest names from TV and comics.


UK. Return Of The Jedi 31. 1984.

Popular annuals of 1984. UK. Return Of The Jedi. 1984.


Star Trek et Warlord annuals. Blue Beetle. 1986. US.


UK. Eagle. 1984.

Advert for the 1985 Battle Action Force annual. UK. Eagle. 1984.


UK. 2000 AD. 44. 1977. Advert for the 1978 edition 2000AD annual.

UK. 2000 AD. 44. 1977. Advert for the 1978 edition 2000 AD annual.


Advert for the 1983 Eagle annual. Eagle. 1982.

Advert for the 1983 Eagle annual. Eagle. 1982.


Advert for the 1984 Eagle annual. Eagle. 1983.

Advert for the 1984 Eagle annual. Eagle. 1983.


 

‘Is not the deprivation of liberty the deepest, severest of injuries?’… the lost poem of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley. Portrait by Alfred Clint.

Percy Bysshe Shelley. Portrait by Alfred Clint.

The Bodleian Library has just acquired its 12 millionth book. Written by the romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and printed in 1811 under the alias of “a gentleman of the University of Oxford”, the Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things is a 172-line poem written in support of the Irish journalist Peter Finnerty who was jailed for libelling a politician. The ‘lost’ poem was discovered in 2006 and has now been acquired by the Bodleian library which has created a full digital copy available free to the public to read. See the link above.

Shelley-Essay-1

What may strike you when you read this poem is how little things have changed since the time of Shelley’s sentiments. The pointlessness and brutality of war, the oppression of the poor at the hands of the rich and priviliged, issues surrounding freedom of the press – themes as relevant today as they were back in the 19th century to Shelley.

I would like to say a big thanks to Shelley! Thank you for speaking up back then. You didn’t have to do this, but you found somewhere inside your spirit the voice to call out injustice and inhumanity. It’s a depressing realisation that little has changed for the better across two-hundred years, but I do draw some comfort that there will always be others like Shelley – and not necessarily just the poets or artists or actors or musician, but those who will continue to call out the corrupt politicians and rulers who consistantly try to prove to us that humanity must always come second to greed.

Note to the ruling class: you with palms greasy from money, or bloody from the sales of arms, many of us can see through your lies, and the petal-thin fabric of all your false charms.

Note to the poets, artists, actors and musicians and anyone with an amplified voice: please continue to speak out against social injustice. You are placed in unique positions, and people will listen.

1983 Star Wars Bookmarks by Random House

This Return of the Jedi bookmark set, made by Random House in 1983, is one of my favourite collectables and manages to tick three themes I love: Star Wars, books and art. I think the stylish artwork on this full set has a certain art nouveau element as well as comic book style. I’ve tried to research the artist(s) responsible but have had no luck and can only guess it was done by in-house artists employed by Random House – one of the largest trade book publishers in the world.

ROTJ Bookmark set 16. Random House. 1983 001

ROTJ Bookmark set 16. Random House. 1983 002

ROTJ Bookmark set 16. Random House. 1983 003

ROTJ Bookmark set 16. Random House. 1983 004

ROTJ Bookmark set 16. Random House. 1983 005

ROTJ Bookmark set 16. Random House. 1983 006