Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Amazing book covers from pre-Golden Age SF

Joshua Glenn of the blog io9 has put together an awesome list of “The Most Amazing Book Covers from Pre-Golden Age SF,” complete with beautiful images and insightful commentary. Two of the books on Glenn’s list: A Princess of Mars (1917), by Edgar Rice Burroughs; and Yezad: a Romance of the Unknown (1922), by George Babcock.

Pictured above: Cover of Yezad (Bridgeport, Conn. & New York: Co-Operative Publishing Co., Inc., 1922). Glenn's commentary: "As for the devil on the dustjacket, the occult point of Babcock's novel is to inform us that we are divided creatures, within whom Bonality and Malality (good and bad aspects) struggle. Moral: Don't let Malality triumph, or it might break Martian-filled eggs with its pitchfork."

2 comments:

Josh Glenn said...

Great blog, glad to discover it -- and thanks for linking to my io9 post. I'm doing a whole series, and Mars will be mentioned almost every time, I'm sure.

Paul said...

Looking forward to your next post. The cover of Yezad was a real treat, as that's the first time I've ever seen it. Thanks! Paul