Thomas Pynchon Novel Covers

Continuing my Pynchon kick from yesterday, I thought I would post dust jacket covers from his three novels V., The Crying of Lot 49, and Gravity’s Rainbow, which I originally found at biblioklept.org via thomaypynchon.com.

V.

V. first American edition

First US Edition

J.B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia & New York

Published: March 1963

Design: Ismar David (1910-1996)

V. first American paperback edition

First US Paperback Edition – 1964

Bantam Books

Published: March 1964

Design: Bama

Price: $0.95

Pictured above is the 1st state of the first US paperback edition.

V.  first english edition

First English Edition

Jonathan Cape, London

Published: 1963

Design: Leigh Taylor

V.  American paperback edition

US Paperback Edition – 1986

Harper & Row/Perennial Library

Published: 1986

Illustration:
Christopher Zacharow

Design:
Gloria Adelson/Lulu Graphics

V.  first paperback english edition

First English Paperback Edition

Penguin

Published: 1966

Cover Photo: Tony Evans

Price: 8’6

V.  second english paperback edition

English Paperback Edition

Picador

Published: 1975

Cover Painting: Candida

V. first German edition

First German Edition

Karl Rauch Verlag

Published: 1968

V. German paperback edition

German Paperback Edition

Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH

Published: 1976

V. first french edition

First French Edition

plon

Published: 1967

V. first italian edition

First Italian Edition

Bompiani

Published: 1965

Translation: Liana M. Johnson

Cover Illustration: “Omaggio a Noland, Yahn, Kneitel, Warhol” by di Fabio Mauri

V. first modern library edition

First Modern Library Edition

The Modern Library

Published: September 1966

Cover Design: F. Neil Fujita

German edition

German Paperback Edition

Rowohlt Paperback edition

Published: May 1988

The Crying of Lot 49

Crying of Lot 49, first US edition

First US Edition

J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia & New York

Published: March 1966

Design: Milton Charles / Charles and Cuff

Crying of Lot 49, first british edition

First British Edition

Jonathan Cape
Published: 1967

Jacket Design: Peter Barber

Crying of Lot 49, first british edition

First British Edition

Jonathan Cape
Published: 1967

Jacket Design: Peter Barber

Crying of Lot 49, first Danish edition

First Danish Edition

Publisher: Gyldendal
Published: 1968

Translation: Arne Herlov Petersen

Cover:
Price: 17.75 Danish Kroner (US$2.53)

“It was one of my first jobs for this publishing house, done when I was 24 years. I had heard about V., but not read anything by Pynchon then. I was very much impressed by The Crying of Lot 49, and went on to read V., and later Gravity’s Rainbow. I lobbied for a translation of these books, but they were considered too difficult to sell, so nothing else was translated by Pynchon till Vineland, which was published by another publishing house and translated by Claus Bech. These two are still the only Pynchon books in Danish, but it is rumored that Bech is now translating both GR and M&D.”

—Arne Herlov Petersen

Crying of Lot 49, second US paperback edition

Second US Paperback Edition

Bantam Books – Windstone Edition

Published: April 1982

Design:

Price: $3.50

Crying of Lot 49, another US paperback edition

Another Paperback Edition

Perennial Library / Harper & Row, Publishers
Published: 1986

Design: Christopher Zacharow

Price: $7.95

Crying of Lot 49, first Polish edition

First Polish Edition

przelozyl Piotr Siemion
Published: 1990

Translation (Redaktor):
Anna Kolyszko

Crying of Lot 49, first Croatian edition

First Croatian Edition

Ceres, Zagreb Published: 1998

Translation: Jasenka Safran

Cover: “Midday” (1984) by David Salle © Pace Wildenstein

Thanks to Tomica Vrbanc
Public Library, Petrinka, Croatia

Crying of Lot 49, Polish paperback edition

Polish Paperback Edition

Tlumaczyl Piotr Siemion
Published: 1995

Translation: Zysk i S-ka Wydawnictwo

Thanks to Tomica Vrbanc
Public Library, Petrinka, Croatia

Gravity’s Rainbow
GR first US edition
First US Edition
The Viking Press, New York
Published: April 1973
Design: Marc Getter
Price: $15Paperback, with same cover, published simultaneously

GR first german edition
German Edition
Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH
Published: 1981
Translation: Elfriede Jelinek & Thomas Piltz
Design: P.J. Blumenthal
Price:Thanks to Hanjo Berressem.

GR first japanise editionGR first japanise edition
First Japanese Edition
Published: March 1993 (Vol 1) & July 1993 (Vol 2)
Translation: Koshikawa Yoshiaki, Ueno Tatsuro, Saeki Yasuki & Hatayama Hideaki
Design:
Price:Thanks to Ueno Tatsuro.

GR first swedish edition
First Swedish Edition
Albert Bonniers Förlag
Published: 1996
Translation: Hans-Jacob Nilsson
Design: Johan Petterson
Price: 50 AR”My reason for putting Saturn on the cover is that Saturn’s rings are in fact a rainbow, consisting as they do of ice and, futhermore, James Clerk Maxwell, who invented Maxwell’s Demon (1867) to which Pynchon so often refers, in his time studied Saturn and its rings.”

– Magnus Bergh, Albert Bonniers Förlag

GR first paperback swedish Edition
First Swedish Paperback Edition
Albert Bonniers Förlag
Bonnier Pocket
Published: 1998
Translation: Hans-Jacob Nilsson
Design: Edvard Derkert
Price:
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