The Friday Face-Off: The sea brought you. The sea shall have you back.


Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme here at Books by Proxy. Join me every Friday as I pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe. Check out Lynn’s-Books for upcoming themes!


Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne


Welcome to my somewhat late contribution to the Friday Face-Off!

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea happens to have an inordinate quantity of editions across the globe, many of which feature tentacles by the dozen! After some time spent rooting around for my favourites, I settled upon the Vintage edition, published in 2020, and (because I’m something of a sucker for these editions) the Penguin Classics edition, published in 2015.  Take a look and see which one is your favourite!


Vintage | Cover #1

Penguin Classics | Cover #2


| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

Vintage and Penguin Classics have produced two of the most simple and straightforward designs I could find in a library bursting at the seams with kraken, jellyfish, and assorted sea monsters. They both stood out as simplistic, modern and, in their own refined way, beautiful.

The looping tentacles of the jellyfish pattern on a deep blue backdrop are a delightful addition to the Penguin Classics range, and the quirky typeface and the swirling tentacles of of the Vintage edition would have me instantly reaching for it off the bookshelf.

Eye-catching in their simplicity, only my adoration of the style of all Penguin Classics, and the knowledge of how they look and feel when you hold them in your hands, have made it this week’s winner.

Which cover wins your vote this week? Have a cover of your own? – Post the link below!

Amazon | The Book Depository | Goodreads


Next week’s theme is:

At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.

A cover featuring a tunnel

Remember to check Lynn’s Books for upcoming themes


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