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0045 Cancel All Our Vows

July 14, 2011

  • Title: Cancel All Our Vows
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1955
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Collection: Giant
  • Collection #: S1131
  • Cover Price: $0.35
  • Cover Artist: James Avati
  • Author of: The Damned


This is the first paperback edition of Cancel All Our Vows, John D MacDonald’s first attempt to write a mainstream novel. It was preceded by a hardback edition that went nowhere on the best seller charts. Yet again, Steve Scott does a terrific job of reviewing it.

This cover certainly didn’t help sales much. It looks like it belongs on Wuthering Heights or some other dreary melodrama. It’s a shame because the novel had a series of very good covers later. This just isn’t one of them.

The blurb writer tried hard, though. After giving an unusual (for this point in JDM’s career) front cover plug for The Damned, he or she added “FRANK… ADULT… REVEALING”. I’m sure that Rex Parker would have a field day with that.

Update (04/08/2012): A tip of the hat to Uilke, who knew the artist’s name is James Avati.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a USA version of Cancel All Our Vows, printed in 1989 by Fawcet (ISBN-10 0449446069, ISBN-13 9780449446065).

Update (9/20/2011): Found it, but the quality is wretched. Even a fair quality scan would be an improvement.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2012 10:36 am

    Cover artist is James Avati

  2. April 8, 2012 3:55 pm

    Thanks for the info, Uilke.

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