It's always nice to come home to a package from the postman (sounds a bit smutty, but anyway...), and waiting for me yesterday was a book I won on eBay for £3.50: the first Pan edition of The Talented Mr. Ripley. An actual 1957 first edition of this book (UK, that is; 1955 in the States) is somewhat out of my price range (hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds), but this 1960 paperback version is just as good really. It has a great, evocative cover:
by David Tayler, about whom I know virtually nothing, other than he used to take about a month to work up his covers. The large, dark head in the background is, I imagine, Tom Ripley, and the grinning smaller head Dickie Greenleaf. I can't find the Pan edition for sale anywhere online at the moment, but I suspect I got a rather good deal. The book's in lovely condition, with a bright cover and slight tanning to the pages, but nothing you wouldn't expect from a book that's nearly forty years old. A good find.
It is a buzz seeing David Tayler mentioned here. He was my mum's cousin and I got to know him in the 80's when we three shared a house. Yes he was slow and meticulous, but the results were remarkable.
He continued painting till late in years, even after a stroke.
Pan books were his bread and butter, and I have a collection for nostalgia. But his real love were wildlife paintings (blackbuck, puma, antelope).
Hi Dave. Thanks for the comment! And for the extra info about David Tayler. Much appreciated.ReplyDelete