The Evolution of Georgette Heyer Book Covers

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.

You can now also rank all the different book covers (grouped by series). 


From newest to the oldest:

Sourcebooks 2016 series

The Grand Sophy - 2016 Sourcebooks

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 seriesgeorgette heyer book covers - random house 2004convenient marriage georgette heyer book cover

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

Sourcebooks 2007-2009 Georgette Heyer covers


Arrow Books 1991 series

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Harper Paperbacks 1990s series

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Mandarin Paperbacks 1990s series

Thanks to Georgette fan Clare for sending this photo in!


Signet 1980s series

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Pan Books 1970s series

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Thanks goes out to Jenny for clarification on the publishing dates. 🙂


Berkley 1970s series (large print)

Large Print Berkley Georgette Heyer Book Covers


Bodley Head/E.P. Dutton & Co. 1960/70s series

Georgette Heyer Book Covers - Bodley Head 1970


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Pan Books 1964/65 series

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Pan Books 1960 series

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Pan Books 1953 Series (?)

Could only track down this cover of Faro’s Daughter.



Heinemann series (various dates from 1920s-1960s)

Georgette Heyer Heinemann first editions

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. 

If you want to browse through some more Georgette Heyer book covers, check out this Pinterest board.

For some of the older, especially Heinemann, covers, check out this site.

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