These are just a few of the hundreds upon hundreds of cover designs published by Hetzel for the vast collection of works by Jules Verne- the father of the science-fiction genre. While everyone was trying to figure out how to create new modes of transportation and picking out the latest style of top hats and canes, he was dreaming up A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Needless to say, just any ordinary book cover would not do for a stories this creative. They were ground breaking at the time!
These last few covers are from a series of Verne’s work (there are quite a few I didn’t include). I liked how just the central title area changed and all the different ways in which they treated the title with ribbons and patterns.
All of these images are from this website which has an amazing collection of cardboard covers. You can apparently gain access to the full collection if you e-mail the site’s owner. If you happen to take advantage of that, send me any striking covers you come across!