Wednesday, June 23, 2010

All choked up

Get out at the Highgate Tube stop and look to your right, there you will see the bookstore Ripping Yarns, which has this and many other Boys' Own Adventure literary masterpieces available.
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Feels so good when it stops, doesn't it?

16 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I wish I'd had more of these kinds of books growing up. Looks so wonderful.

ArtSparker said...

Charles- I am bemused by the acrobatic dog, which seems to be comfortably seated at what looks like an impossible angle.

What do we learn from this picture? It's good to have a horse.

Titus said...

How could you not want to read it? And that glorious Empire-line title!

You're right, the dog looks so at ease; the discomfort is only provided by the man's pose and the falling hat.
The horserider, it must be said, looks remarkably unconcerned and hasn't even been bothered to move up to a trot.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

to me it looks as if said dog is ripping the guys throat out...ripping yarns, eh?

ArtSparker said...

Here's one thing that I believe kept the illustrator up at night: How to get a lunging dog (horizontal) into a vertical format. solution: have the dog perched on the attackee's thigh.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Hound of the Basatardvilles- 'Honi soit qui mal y pense'


Bad cess to the bad feckers!

Anja said...

The dog is ripping that guys throat... but why is horserider so calm, even his horse is more cautious... look at it's ears... well I never really liked this kind of books... I can't read stories with violent animals... man make them violent...

rosedale's 4head said...

the guy is treading waters he obviously shouldn't be - that dog just might be a---MAMA B!

Kaetlyn Wilcox said...

I just love that this exists.

Celeste Bergin said...

vicious dog! vicious...but why?..guess we'd have to read the book!

tony said...

You Just Cant Beat True Adventures!

grrl + dog said...

oh that is what happens

when you get between

a dog and

his dinner.

California Girl said...

I never visited book shoppes when I was in London and I should have. My MIL speaks very fondly of "old book stores" where she says the books are "truly old" and often "masterpieces". Hard to find in the States.

Rick said...

That illustration looks like what they must have done before Photoshop was invented--a kind of steampunk cut and paste...

I'm with Mouse--looks like the guy is getting his throat ripped out. Not that I have a problem with that sort of depiction or anything...

I can't figure out what that illustration has to do with the title of the book, "Honour before Honours"... It must be about the dog...

Dominic Rivron said...

An alarming cover. I wondered at first if the dog was going for his throat or just over friendly. There's certainly scope for a caption competition...

ArtSparker said...

Dominic-

Oh, you're right - I wish I had thought of that when I posted this.