Excerpt from The Modern Poster
Another proof that it was rather a desire for advertising than an artistic intention which controlled the illustra tration of book-covers is that often the more insignificant and commonplace the book, the louder was the cover. There have been bo... oks which have been seized and persecuted by law on the evidence of too loud a cover; but generally, if the cover was very risky it was safe to conclude that the inside was extremely prosy, not to say drowsy. It was like a circus booth, where the posters promise you the most exciting spectacles, and where the deluded spectators, once having entered, find nothing to look at for their two sous but a melancholy old monkey, or a seal uncomfortably confined in a tank which very imperfectly recalls the boundless ocean.
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