David Pelham’s iconic cover designs for J G Ballard’s books

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Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. My introduction to J G Ballard’s fiction that came through these eye-catching designs by artist David Pelham.

Pelham was best known for his iconic covers for the Penguin paperback editions of Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. In 1974, he produced these equally potent and memorable images for a Penguin box set of 4 J. G. Ballard books (3 novels, 1 collection of short stories) - The Wind from Nowhere, The Drowned World, The Drought and The Terminal Beach. Pelham’s designs perfectly captured the essence of Ballard’s fiction.
 
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The 4 books originally came in Pelham’s beautifully designed slipcase, and in 1977, Pelham produced this cover for Ballard’s story collection Four Dimensional Nightmare.

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Posted by Paul Gallagher

 

 

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