First Edition Covers of Famous Novels

It is understandable that a writer’s vision for his book oftentimes includes how the cover should look like. Jack Kerouac drew the cover for his On the Road.

That being said, even though book covers have changed in terms of artwork and style a lot in the last couple of decades, taking a look at the first edition covers is a great way to gain a bit more insight into what the books meant and what the vision was all about.

Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Scribner, 1925


The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850


Brave New World, Aldous Huxley. Chatto & Windus, Londra, 1932


Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell. Macmillan, 1936


On the Road, Jack Kerouac. Viking, 1957 


A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess. William Heinemann, 1962


The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway. Scribner, 1926


The Trial, Franz Kafka. Die Schmiede, 1925


To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf. Hogarth Press, 1927


Ulysses, James Joyce. Shakespeare & Co., 1922


Slautghterhouse- Five, Kurt Vonnegut. Delacorte, 1969


Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll. Macmillan, 1865

14 thoughts on “First Edition Covers of Famous Novels

  1. The cover illustration or picture is often the only visual component of a novel so has a certain kind of importance. All the book covers here are very interesting and indicative in their own way of the content of the novel.

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    1. The cover of the first edition however… I still can’t believe that this novel was written in just three weeks, purely motivated by the financial needs of its author. Probably the explanation why he signed away the movie rights for a humble 500 British Pounds.

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