An unusual, refreshingly original, award-winning cover for Frankenstein, this edition features an authentic Victorian curio, an old photograph of a man with his suit on backwards, most likely a simple cut and paste trick photo. The twisted head effect speaks to the otherness of the novel’s Monster.
Everyman’s Library was founded in 1906 by British publisher and bookbinder Joseph Dent, collecting the world’s classics in fine, yet affordable editions. “For a few shillings”, Dent proclaimed, “the reader may have a whole bookshelf of the immortals.”
Fifty years on, Everyman’s had published over a thousand titles and sold more than fifty million books. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein hadn’t been readily available for decades when Everyman’s published its edition, in 1912. It has remained in print ever since.
Everyman’s Library was relaunched by Random House/Knopf in 1991, art directed by Barbara de Wilde, one of the world’s most celebrated book designers. The photo cover shown here was picked as one of the 50 best cover designs of 2009 by the prestigious AIGA Design Center in New York.
AIGA's 50 Books/50 Covers of 2009 Selections.
With thanks to This Isn't Happiness.