As an addendum to the previous post on this subject, I went into my boxes to see if I’d kept any of my science fiction hardcovers that had the designs I was talking about. It turns out I hadn’t — I didn’t have very many scifi hardcovers and those I did I gave away, just keeping some of my nicer trade paperbacks, which unfortunately all have the highly-colored exaggerated images on their covers that are the fashion. I did find one book, though, that is however a fantasy rather than science fiction. In fact, it belongs to the genre of “juvenile fiction,” at least according to the library I acquired it from (in a sale of old books! I returned all my overdue stuff, pinky swear…) The book is A Walk Out Of The World, by Canadian author Ruth Nichols, and had illustrations and a jacket design by Trina Schart Hyman, who was one of my favorite illustrators of children’s and juvenile fiction, usually but not always in the fantasy genre. Here is the dust cover (click for larger size):
It’s ornate, but simple, consisting of just a line drawing with only gray and ochre colors added (rather nasty — I don’t care for ochre as a color). But the book cover itself has a small illustration in the bottom right corner — it’s actually the same as one of the illustrations in the book (click for a larger size again):
Anyway, that’s the sort of thing I mean — something simple and rather unobtrusive, though for my purposes I want something more abstract on my book cover. Well, we’ll see how things go. I’ve got to finish the darn thing first, don’t I?
(This was also to test that my scanner still works — I haven’t used it in ages, and definitely not since I reinstalled Windows. I still have to install my camera software — I have more cat pictures to upload!)