Worst-ever Wodehouse cover?

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Worst-ever Wodehouse cover?

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Jun 14, 2011, 5:51 pm

Sorting stock for the charity shop tonight I came across an old Dutch paperback edition of Bloot op blandingscastle (sic. - a.k.a. A Pelican at Blandings / No nudes is good nudes). It's the second member-uploaded cover on the work page - a photo of a naked woman reclining with her back, on which someone has drawn a crude outline of a castle in marker pen, towards the camera. Even in the seventies when it was accepted wisdom in the publishing industry that paperbacks without naked women on the cover don't sell, you'd have thought they'd have more sense than to do it with Wodehouse.

This has to be a serious contender for worst-ever cover. It certainly beats the previous contender I knew of, the "New Avengers"-style Sam the Sudden from Mayflower Press.

Jun 15, 2011, 3:31 pm

Oh, my eyes!

Jun 28, 2011, 11:16 am

I think that's the best one! My vote is for my copy of "Thank You, Jeeves" Coronet Books, Hodder and Stoughton (1982), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 192 pages. http://www.librarything.com/work/70015/book/59440653

Jul 6, 2011, 6:02 am

That does seem a little uninspired. Shame, as it's one of my favourite Jeeves and Wooster's.

Set 6, 2011, 8:10 am

The recent Overlook editions, while beautiful books in every other respect, have some truly awful covers. I'd have to say The Girl on the Boat is the worst, with Laughing Gas coming in at a close second.

Set 6, 2011, 12:30 pm

I've gotta agree. I'm collecting them all (eventually) since I'm a sucker for uniform editions, but a couple of them make me cringe.

Set 6, 2011, 2:45 pm

>5 silver1881:,6
Yes, they're all a bit on the gothic side, but that Laughing gas is positively Transylvanian...

Ago 22, 2012, 8:55 am

You can pick out your best and worst from this site that has loads of Wodehouse covers. I like the Russian covers!


Ago 22, 2012, 2:04 pm

It is a shocker to be sure!

I think that my favourite to go onto a nicer subject is uncle Fred in the Springtime published by Arrow. I adore the expression of the 'Empress' as she sits in the bath.