A committed… and commit-able… used-bookstore junkie, I always have my eye out not just for volumes of poetry, but also for old paperbacks with great covers. And though I usually read as much of the books as I am able, it is purely for the sake of the cover art that I pick up the book. And art it is indeed!
For me, the fun is not in acquiring some mint-conditioned collectible, but in “happening” upon one of these jewels in good shape sitting on a shelf along with more ordinary paperbacks in a used-book store for just a buck or two. When that happens – and it rarely does… just a few times a year – I buy the volume, take it home, and read as much as the writer will let me.
Here is a link to some Book Covers at ClimbingSky.
Here are some of my favorites. Enjoy!