A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.
I love the covers of magazines. One of the perils of my job is getting sidetracked into looking at gorgeous magazine covers of the periodicals of the 1920s and 1930s when I’m supposed to be reading the contents, and drawing profoundly useful book-historical conclusions from them.
Patrick Belk’s Pulp Magazines Project site is one of my favourite magazine cover sites, because its got the covers and all the insides of a dazzling range of American and British magazines from the 1890s to the 1950s.
Here, you can read the first American publication of The Thirty-Nine Steps in the All-Story Weekly magazine as a screen flipbook, but just look first at the misty-eyed dewiness of the front cover.
Here, you can be astounded at the heat-retaining qualities of the cover star’s inadequate clothing in the snowy North, in North-West Romances, and also read what appears to be her adventures in ‘The Wolf-Woman of Chandindu’.
And, here, you can get all sociological about the significance of the terrific art deco cover of Saucy Stories (1922), the inside cover ad for two colossal diamond rings, and the first story entitled ‘No Place for Husbands’.
It’s a great place to waste half hours at a time, because who can resist reading a story in a magazine with really good pictures? But use a reader with a big screen if you can: my tiny netbook can’t quite crank up the pixels to read the text without being plugged into an extra screen.