original dust jacket

People In Cages. Helen Ashton. New York: MacMillan Co. 1937. First edition. Original dust jacket art by Norman Guthrie Rudolph.

“…There was something wild and sullen about all these nocturnal creatures, thought the young policeman complacently; the cages were like a row of prison cells and the animals were like sentenced thieves and criminals…”


when I went to pick these up from the post office today, I couldn’t have been more excited. When I got them home and opened them up, I couldn’t have been more disappointed. They look BEAUTIFUL in photos, but in real life the custom dust jackets (which come in each of the four houses) are poorly printed on paper that is clearly not suited to being dust jackets. They are covered in white marks where it seems the printing has worn off. I actually would have just preferred just the original HP dust jackets that have clearly just been removed an discarded. I paid a fortune for these (with a HUGE amount for shipping to Australia) and I am so disappointed in them. I wouldn’t recommend them.  I had wondered why I had never seen anyone with these on tumblr, now I know why. 

EDIT: It looks like I may have just got a batch from a dodgy print run. They have offered me replacement jackets as well as sending me the original jackets for the books as well. They have been super lovely and I’m pretty pleased with this. 

The Phantom of the Opera. Gaston Leroux. New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1911). First American edition, first printing, in original first issue variant dust jacket.

“I tore off my mask so as not to lose one of her tears… and she did not run away!…and she did not die!… She remained alive, weeping over me, weeping with me. We cried together! I have tasted all the happiness the world can offer.”

The Cat and the Curate, A Phenomenal Experience. Charles Gilson. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1934. First edition. Original dust jacket.

Fantasy novel of a reverend whose Persian cat “was strong on Sex Appeal. She was palpably feminine; she used her paw like lipstick, she was modern in every way - independent, selfish, amorous, affected, she frequently stayed out all night. Change Susan [the cat] into a gorgeously voluptuous reincarnation of a Persian lady of sprightly morals.”

The Sphinx. Oscar Wilde. Published by John Lane. Printed at the Ballantyne Press. London and New York, 1910. First edition Original pictorial boards designed by Charles Ricketts, publisher’s dust jacket with same Ricketts design.

“In a dim corner of my room for longer than
my fancy thinks
A beautiful and silent Sphinx has watched me
through the shifting gloom.

Inviolate and immobile she does not rise she
does not stir
For silver moons are naught to her and naught
to her the suns that reel…”

The Messenger of the Gods. Phyllis Bottome. New York: George H. Doran, 1927. First edition. Original dust jacket.

“But Celeste wasn’t interested in the Minerva. She gave it a perfunctory glance, and her soft eyes reverted and lingered with unfathomable admiration on the white, graceful messenger god. He regarded her, as he regarded everything in the room, with his smile, mysterious and aloof, of disdainful tenderness.”

Young Man With a Horn. Dorothy Baker. Cambridge, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 1938. First edition. Original dust jacket.

Baker’s Young Man with a Horn is widely regarded as the first jazz novel, and it pulses with the music that defined an era. Baker took her inspiration from the artistry—though not the life—of legendary horn player Bix Beiderbecke, and the novel went on to be adapted into a successful movie starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, and Doris Day.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl. Illustrations by Joseph Schindelman. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (1964). First edition. Original dust jacket.

Five kids win a chance to tour Willy Wonka’s mysterious candy-making operation. Various forms of bad behavior are demonstrated – but the punishments perfectly fit the crimes. The main character also lives a life of poverty that’s portrayed as bleak and depressing, although the love between him and his family makes their day-to-day struggles more bearable.

The Spy Who Loved Me. Ian Fleming. London: Jonathan Cape, 1962. First edition. Original dust jacket.

‘He was about six feet tall, slim and fit. The eyes in the lean , slightly tanned face were a very clear grey-blue and as they observed the men they were cold and watchful. His good looks had a dangerous, almost cruel quality that had frightened me. But now I knew he could smile, I thought his face exciting, in a way no face had ever excited me before …’

Gentlemen in Hades. Frederic Arnold Kummer. The Story of a Damned Debutante. New York: Sears Publishing Co, (1930). Fifth edition. Original dust jacket.

Fantasy novel and Jazz Age themed story of a lovely “smart and vivacious flapper…modern and hardboiled debutante vamping the famous, or rather, infamous Gentlemen of Hades in order to climb the social ladder of Hell.”

Something About Eve, A Comedy of Fig-Leaves. James Branch Cabell. London: John Lane, The Bodley Head Limited, (1927). First edition. Original dust jacket, art by John Austen.

Fantasy novel of an Southern gentleman’s out of body experience, meeting during his adventure, God, Nero, Solomon, Merlin, Odysseus, Eve, and others.