My favorite cover isn’t exactly a single cover, but a type of cover: gilded. There’s nothing more beautiful than a hardback book, with gold-edged pages and gilding on the front. The two books in the picture, I purchased from an estate sale in Florida a few years ago. Since that first purchase, I’ve been on a mission … to get my hands on as many of these precious rarities as I can before they fade into total obscurity. Because, honestly, it is a bit of a lost art–what with the digital age upon us, etc. Not that I have anything against ebooks. I love my iPad, if for no reason other than its ability to house multiple reading platforms.
I have a long list of novels whose covers have left me drooling. Photoshop has made the world of YA fiction, an artist’s paradise. What’s not to love about all of the beautiful, flowery, ephemeral images? Still … there is just something about that scrollwork and attention to detail. It honors the story, or poetry, in a way that perhaps no other format ever could.
– J.S. Chancellor