Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake (Book 3 of the Gormenghast Trilogy)
Cover Art: Mervyn Peake
Jacket Design: Overlook Press (I’m guessing, since I couldn’t open the plastic)
Publisher: Overlook Press (Reissue edition)
The man writes AND draws intense and intricate landscapes. This brings to mind a certain epic fish (see http://thefreewheel.tumblr.com/post/7756600361/random-book-covers-have-i-loved-9). My editor first told me about Peake and the Gormenghast trilogy. She has the whole set, while I, alas, must struggle with the ebook versions. Much as I love the convenience of ebooks, I’m old-fashioned when it comes to reading something grand and sweeping and strange. That’s when it’s absolutely essential to hold the book, smell it, feel its paper, and then feel the mounting excitement with the turn of each page. *.*
Right, so why do I like this cover? I have yet to really read the Trilogy, but this captures my imagination in ways I can’t explain. It’s a reissue edition. This is what the whole set looks like. The verdict? Drool-worthy.
More Mervyn Peake artwork to follow!
book set image source: abebooks.com