The Folio Society has never held back with their book covers. In fact, their entire M.O. is to create very finely designed editions that live up to the weight of the work. Their treatment of Harper Lee’s celebrated To Kill a Mockingbird - comprehensively illustrated by Aafke Brouwer - is no exception.
“Our pleasure in reading is enhanced by the book itself, in which typography, illustration, paper, printing and binding all play a part in creating a harmonious whole. ”
This version is cloth-bound and slipcased, giving a valuable vintage feel, but with a very creative and minimal cover layout that comes from more modern design sensibilities. It really is the best of both worlds: a new take, but with a colour scheme, partly-silhouetted feel and even spine lettering reminiscent of earlier, more recognisable editions. Most importantly it capture the tone of the novel perfectly through the posture and isolation of Boo Radley.
There are are 85 (!) illustrations inside from artist Aafke Brouwer. This looks to add a great deal of texture, making this a fundamentally different experience to other versions.
Atticus Finch guarding the courthouse. Photo via ithinkthereforeiamsterdam.
Check it out on the Folio Society website, but hold on to your wallet tightly – it may be too much for any self-respecting bibliophile to resist!