I don’t own very many Goodall pamphlets with the fairly plain “outer” covers (on top of the usual covers). I may have a half-dozen or so. In an earlier post, I showed a copy of Kuhn Kahn, by Nemo, with such an outer cover. While not exactly plain, the cover of Bergholt booklet shown in another post is definitely related.
At first I am going to mention a few things about such booklets which may be a bit critical of them as collector’s items. Your opinions could easily differ.
Oh, but wait. Before I become critical . . . when such booklets are married to the correct card-game set, well, no problem. That is a whole different situation.
In my next post, I will be more positive. But now . . .
First, the covers always appear to be simply plastered onto the outside of a regular card-game booklet-cover. It is not as though the covers are distinctly different from point-A to point-Z.
Secondly, the original covers, which are covered up by the other cover-material, would probably be more interesting to look at (in most cases).
Thirdly, when not accompanied by a card-game set, the outer cover as much as says, “I somehow got separated from a set.” (In many cases, probably, booklets with the “original” covers also have become separated from sets — but usually they do not advertise the fact!)
Fourth, the covers usually (or frequently) are palpably imitation leather — or at least, so they seem to me. Typically they have a shiny and patterned surface that seems completely unnatural.
Lastly, the titles are typically printed parallel to the spine. The is probably so that the booklet may be placed into a “pouch” in a game set, and still have the title visible. But usually it looks “wrong.”
Below are images of a typical “booklet with outer cover.” Unfortunately, the scan of the front cover does not reveal all of the important features. First, the cover is actually more of a maroon color. Secondly, the actual cover has a distinct texture. One might say that it has striations. Also, while the top and bottom edges may appear to have stitching, the actual booklet does not.
In my next post, I am going to return to the topic, from a somewhat different perspective.
January 17, 2013
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