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Tuesday, 3 June 2014
BLOWING MY OWN TRUMPET DEPT...
Dustjacket in protective sleeve
Behold - a copy of The Wind In The Willows I purchased from eBay a few months back. A stock photo of the book - with a dustjacket - was used to advertise the tome, but the copy I received was without one. Upon studying the small print of the original listing, I noticed it said that the condition of books may vary and may not have dustjackets, which annoyed me as I'm of the opinion that photographs used to advertise an item should portray the actual one for sale. (Or at least one of a similar condition and appearance.)
Anyway, it was a nice little volume (see pic below), so rather than moan about things I decided to create my own dustjacket. I wanted to use the cover illustration originally used for this particular edition (Scribner's, 1960) so I scanned the dustjacket of a centenary edition (Atheneum, 2008) and used computer technology to remove any references to its status from the cover and inside jacket notes. The cover I scanned was from a different-sized book so it wasn't quite so straightforward as it sounds, but with a bit of trial and error I eventually produced a result I was happy with.
So, being proud of my handiwork, I thought I'd share it with you here so that you can all tell me how creative and multi-talented I am. Obviously you don't have to mean it, I just like to read paeans of praise exalting me to the heavens. Doesn't everybody?