Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Off the Shelf: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

I'm having a busy day today, so this is a quick post. Three versions of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson pulled off the shelf for comparison. The first is the beautifully designed Folio edition, first printed in 1948, designed by Charles Ede and illustrated by Mervyn Peake. Shown here is the reissue from 1994. The design is beautifully understated and sophisticated. The others, not so much, but they each have their charm.

Airmont Classic edition - 1964

Classics Illustrated - April 1944

The interior of the Classics Illustrated version was drawn by Lou Cameron. Here's the title page.