Don’t judge a cover by its book

Beware the book club dust jacket placed on a collectible 20th century book.  The book club edition jackets had the same cover art.  You can spot one by noticing there is no original price printed on the upper corner of the front flap.  If that part has been clipped off, it may have been to remove a price, or to obscure the absence of one.

Some of you know what book this front flap belongs to:

Old djs have the charm of their times.  Once they’ve survived a few decades, they deserve some respect.

But before dust jackets were common, books could look like these (among hundreds we have here), circa 1890s-1910s:

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