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0165 Judge Me Not

November 11, 2011
  • Title: Judge Me Not
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1965
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Gold Medal
  • Collection #: D1580
  • Cover Price: $0.50
  • Cover Artist: Barye Phillips
  • Author of: Travis McGee series


At first glance, this cover doesn’t promise much. Sure, it’s by Barye Phillips, but everybody has a bad day sometimes. There is nobody in the picture; just a bunch of clothes. Booorrrring!

Or not. Seeing just a door and a pile of clothes, the viewer immediately knows that illicit sex is happening just off page. How did Phillips do this? A partly open door suggests that something is going on behind it. The left side of the title is very slightly covered by the door, prompting you to open it further. A careful inventory of the clothing (what? no, I’m not strange, why do you ask?) tells you there’s a woman back there with nothing on. What else would she be doing? And the black underwear is a dead giveaway that she is not someone you would bring home to Mother. All this from a very simple drawing. Nice Job!

I’m not the only one who likes this cover. The art was used at least eight times, so we’ll be seeing it again and again.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a UK large print hardcover version of Judge Me Not, printed in 2001 by Ulverscroft (ISBN-10 070894406X, ISBN-13 9780708944066).

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