With all the Georgette Heyer fans across generations and countries, there are many different editions out there. While the contents are presumably pretty similar, the covers have a massive range of aesthetics.
From newest to the oldest:
Sourcebooks 2016 series
This is a cover for a new series from her U.S. publishers. What do you think of it? Honestly, I don’t like it and think it makes Heyer novels look targeted to preteens (and not even the kind of preteen who would like this kind of book). It has no reflection of the language, wit and plots of her Regency world. But maybe it’s not targeted to me, a twenty-year-old Australian. If I saw this in a bookstore I would not pick it up (pretending I didn’t know Heyer’s name). To me, the model and her costume look like an ad for a costume house.
Arrow 2013 series
On the other hand, the Arrow Books covers I absolutely love. It’s exactly the aesthetic I like in a book, and it’s really on point for the newer style of covers in the publishing industry lately. Sadly they only have 6 or so of Georgette’s stories.
Random House 2004 series
This is the series I have, for the most part. Someone in a nearby suburb was selling their Heyer collection on Gumtree and I got something like 17 classics for $50. Best $50 I’ve ever spent! I bless my timing every time I read one of them. Cover-wise, they aren’t my favourite of all the Georgette Heyer book covers, but more because this style of art isn’t generally to my taste than anything else.
Sourcebooks 2007-2009 series
Arrow Books 1991 series
Harper Paperbacks 1990s series
Mandarin Paperbacks 1990s series
Thanks to Georgette fan Clare for sending this photo in!
Signet 1980s series
Pan Books 1970s series
Thanks goes out to Jenny for clarification on the publishing dates. 🙂
Berkley 1970s series (large print)
Bodley Head/E.P. Dutton & Co. 1960/70s series
Pan Books 1967/68 series
Pan Books 1964/65 series
Pan Books 1960 series
Pan Books 1953 Series (?)
Could only track down this cover of Faro’s Daughter.
Heinemann series (various dates from 1920s-1960s)
Are there any I’m missing? Comment below with your favourites out of all the Georgette Heyer book covers, if you know of any hits or misses, or even if you have a vintage copy! I’d love to hear what you think.