The Princess Bride by William Goldman was originally published in 1973 and has had many covers since then. I stuck with English-language covers only this time (to put some limits on how many I was featuring).
The original cover from 1973:
A paperback from 1977 that absolutely SCREAMS ’70s cover to me. Please note the “A Hot Fairy Tale” line – I’ve never heard of that before, and I’m not sure I want to go searching for what it means:
The 1990s brought the 25th anniversary of the publication, and some fresh covers.
The hardcover 25th anniversary edition:
The paperback 25th anniversary edition. This one seems pretty awful to me, and would not remotely make me pick it up and try it:
A paperback version from 1999, featured only because I am horrified by the depiction of Westley:
Not enough? There was a new cover for the 30th anniversary:
And a new one for the audio book:
One featuring the stars of the movie in 2007:
And another one in 2008 that does no justice to Westley:
Finally, the newest cover is in honor of the 40th anniversary. It’s a beautiful one too:
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