Corridor in the Asylum — Vincent van Gogh

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Poacher — Odd Nerdrum

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It’s Friday; here’s a lazy post of some old sci-fi book covers

I went to the bookstore this afternoon, looking to maybe find something I hadn’t read by my favorite author Garth Marenghi, or at least to pick up something from the so-called Bizarro fiction genre. I wound up spending about 75 minutes perusing old sci-fi and fantasy titles, occasionally taking a pic or two. I love old sci-fi covers (Daw covers in particular); looking at so many this afternoon, I noticed that certain prestige-style covers that attempted to “transcend genre” (e.g. certain editions by authors like William Gibson and Neil Gaiman) actually end up looking really dated and generic. Anyway, I hadn’t initially intended to do a post, and what I’m presenting here is hardly representative as a sample (there are literally tens of thousands of sci-fi books in the store). At a certain point I got dizzy.

I’m sure that there are some really great blogs out there that do this sort of thing properly—take real care with scans and bother to credit artists and designers properly. Forgive me. Forgive the bad lighting and my fat thumbs. I’ve included some details from the book covers too. So, as promised by my title: It’s Friday; here’s a lazy post of some old book covers.

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Cabu by John Robert Russell. There were a couple of Russell titles with unreal covers.

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The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs is the only book in this post that I’ve actually read.
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Masters of Time by A.E. Van Vogt. This seems like a very special book.

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Netherlandish Proverbs (detail) — Pieter Bruegel the Elder

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A Young Woman Drawing — Marie Denise Villers

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The Sleeping Scholar — F. Scott Hess

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Portrait of a Boy with a Long Beard — Albrecht Durer

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Netherlandish Proverbs (detail) — Pieter Bruegel the Elder

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The Screen Porch — Fairfield Porter

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Two Little Girls — Egon Schiele

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The Morning Paper — John Ferguson Weir

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You’re Not Boring Anymore — Tomer Hanuka

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Netherlandish Proverbs (detail) — Pieter Bruegel the Elder

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The Drinker — Albert Anker

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Nude — Edward Weston

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Netherlandish Proverbs (detail) — Pieter Bruegel the Elder

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Milk — Simon Stålenhag

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