All right – my publisher and I have decided to bring out a hard-bound copy of the Adelsverein Trilogy, all three volumes in one handy and perhaps rather cheaper yet more durable format. There are two versions of the dust-jacket being suggested: which do you think is more attractive on the shelf, keeping in mind, of course, that we cannot afford original art — because otherwise I would so hire someone like Don Troiani.

Which of these works better — version one, using a picture taken on the grounds of old Fort Martin Scott…

Or version two … which continues the South Texas landscape motif of the single -volume covers?

I can’t make up my mind, really — which is why I am throwing it out there. Your preferences and feedback are welcome.


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    The first one seems to have a stronger focal point. As much as I like the type face for the title, I think it will cause problems: (a) people won’t know whether the first letter is A or U; (b) others will think the book is written in German. Just a thought. . .

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    The fraktur typeface is the same as we’ve used on the three individual books of the Trilogy, and it hasn’t been a problem so far … heck I’d love to actually have the Trilogy available in German translation, I would so clean up from all the Karl May fans…

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    I happen to like the second dust jacket better, but I agree with knightofswords about the typeface.

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    I prefer the first picture and must admit I didn’t notice the possibility of the title font being confusing until it was pointed out. The first letter certainly could be mistaken…

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    I’m more drawn to the picture with the barn.