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The First Edition Covers of 25 Classic Books

We try not to judge books by their covers — both proverbially and literally — but sometimes we just can't help it. After all, the cover is your first impression of a book, and can inform the way yo...
  • Martín Palma

    The First Edition Covers of 25 Classic Books: The Trial (Der Process), by Franz Kafka. Die Schmiede, Berlin, // Material via Twitter @BelenBermejo1925

  • Jiayi Wang

    The Trial (Kafka's original German title: Der Process, later as Der Prozess and Der Prozeß) is a novel written by Franz Kafka in 1914 and 1915 but not published until 1925. One of Kafka's best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed to neither him nor the reader.

  • Erin Almost

    The Trial by Kafka. Ok, here's the truth - I didn't particularly like this book for, oh, the first half. I found it whiny, and that made me feel guilty, and like I was missing something. But the second half, oh the second half. Totally worth it.

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The First Edition Covers of 25 Classic Books: Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov. Olympia Press, Paris, 1955 // Material via Twitter @BelenBermejo

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Alvin Lustig's original cover for Kafka's"Amerika" (New Directions/New Classics)

Display of a page in Franz Kafka’s handwriting, in an exhibition in Berlin, 1966.

Peter Mendelsund-Cover Art Metamorphosis - Kafka

Livros: (5) Reflexão sobre a Culpa!...A Rainha do Crime,em 1934,publica um romance onde vários passageiros de um trem são suspeitos de um excepcional assassinato.Trama intrigante e final que nos deixa mais apaixonados pela inteligência de Hercule Poirot -Agatha Christie

1st ed., Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley. Chatto & Windus, London, 1932. Cover design by Leslie Holland.

Not a huge fan of printed case hardcover, but nice designs. White's Books.

1st ed., The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner. Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, New York, 1929