0403 Cinnamon Skin
Image courtesy of Warren Shrimpton
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to toss a bone to my UK readers. Here is an example of Pan’s “business card” cover style. As usual with Pan covers, it’s difficult to know when this edition was published. The online information is spotty and either people lie (!) or Pan re-used ISBNs in a mistaken attempt to ameliorate the world ISBN crop failures.
I have wondered now and again about the “one shoe” theme. The unknown artist puts a whole new spin on the concept by drawing the girl with not just one shoe, but just one leg. The sodden swamp that is my brain can’t remember that as a plot point so I’m going to have to assume a) the missing leg is tucked under the visible one, or b) it’s artistic license, or c) it’s a gross oversight by the artist. You choose.
Update (02/26/2013): Thanks to Stuart Radmore for knowing the publication year and artist. And read the comments; maybe the second leg is there after all, although the shoe is still missing.
Update (04/02/2013): Thanks to Warren Shrimpton for a much nicer scan. Yep, both legs are there. Unfortunately, so are both shoes. I’m glad I didn’t know this when I wrote this post or I wouldn’t have had anything to say.
Have you seen me? I am a UK hardcover large print edition of The Deep Blue Good-by, titled, in inimical British fashion The Deep Blue Good-bye, printed in 1978 by Lythway Press (ISBN-10 0850468132, ISBN-13 9780850468137).