Friday, October 29, 2021

The Friday Face-Off: Gothic


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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.  You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

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This week's Friday Face-Off challenge topic is Gothic, and I had more than a few thoughts come up, but I don't think I've ever looked too much at editions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (and frankly, I don't think I really see special editions of it much??), so I thought it would the perfect pick. I also love Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and recently (finally) got around to a re-read this past week, so it's also perfect timing! Now, let's check out some of these covers, because I have a feeling there will be some interesting ones. 

دكتور جيكل ومستر هايدDr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeStrange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
2008 Arabic | 1982 US Mass Market | 2015 US Wisehouse Classics

Doktor Jekyll i pan HydeDr Jekyll and Mr HydeDr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
2007 Polish | 1994 US Penguin | ???

دكتور جيكل ومستر هايدEl extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hydeدكتور جيكل ومستر هايد
2004 Arabic | 2019 Spanish | 2012 Arabic

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeСтранная история доктора Джекила и мистера ХайдаThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
2015 US Penguin Classics | 2011 Russian | 1983 US Illustrated Classics

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeDr. Jekyll ve Mr. Hyde'in Tuhaf HikayesiL'Étrange Cas du docteur Jekyll et de M. Hyde
1991 US Vintage | 2014 Turkish | 2003 French

Un caz foarte straniu: doctorul Jekyll și domnul HydeDr. Jekyll ile Bay HydeO Médico e o Monstro: O Estranho Caso do Dr. Jekyll e Sr. Hyde
2018 Romanian | 2019 Turkish | 2015 Portuguese

Dr. Jekyll ile Bay Hyde: Tuhaf Bir VakaLo strano caso del dottor Jekyll e del signor HydeO Médico e o Monstro
2015 Turkish | 1999 Italian | 2002 Portuguese

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeEl extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. HydeTohtori Jekyll ja herra Hyde
2007 US | 2004 Spanish | 2007 Finnish

My choice(s):
Dr. Jekyll ile Bay HydeUn caz foarte straniu: doctorul Jekyll și domnul Hyde
There are so many covers to choose from, and this isn't half of them! I feel really drawn to these Turkish and Romanian editions because they seem to capture the darkness and duality that are the most present themes. I'd love to own copies of these editions!

What cover(s) do you like the most?


  1. Wow, these are all quite different! The 2014 Turkish one stands out to me, just because it's so colorful, not that it necessarily matches the tone of the book!

    1. I know, such a variety! I don't understand where that Turkish cover came from, but I agree it stands out a lot. It'd be a great cover for another book, haha. :)

  2. I love the 2019 Turkish cover the best, but what's up with the 2014 Turkish cover, lol?

    1. Right?? I can't quite understand where that cover design came from, haha.

  3. I've never read that story! And what a mix of covers. I think my favorite might be the one from Romania, but Also the Portuguese one, maybe because of the green beaker.