Done it again - bought a book just for its cover. And wow, what a cover.
John Reed's Ten Days that Shook the World, a sympathetic reporter-style account of the Bolshevik revolution, was published in 1919. This edition appeared almost ten years later - published by the communist-aligned Modern Books in London in 1928, replete with a very brief introduction by Lenin. (By then, both Reed and Lenin were dead).
The paperback edition has this glorious cover. As you can see, the copy I came across (from Walden Books in Chalk Farm) is dog eared. The covers are almost detached. But the design shines through..The designer's name appears on the cover. It looks to me to read as 'Michael 28'. And judging by a brief internet search, not all that many of these fairly ephemeral, cheap paperback copies have survived.
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