Some books are simply beautiful.
I know the old saying 'books do furnish a room' (also a title) is very true, but is it the same if you have never read them or have no intention of reading them? These books, published by the Science Fiction Book Club, looked amazing in there studio where we photographed my quilts. They were part of a series that has the same design of cover in different colours (royal blue, yellow, purple, emerald green); I was very taken with them, would love to own a collection, and even thought that I might be seduced by the covers into reading the contents.
But, deep down, I know I wouldn't, and therefore I wouldn't be able to bring myself to have them on my own shelves. Maybe I'm being too high-minded, maybe I should not be surprised by the fact that books are bought to co-ordinate with interiors rather than minds, maybe I should just pretend I'm a Sci-Fi nut and get over this preciousness. But no, if books do furnish a room, I want that room to reflect my tastes in literature rather than graphic design. However, if the former comes packaged in the latter (as with Persephone, early Virago, most Penguins), I consider any room that contains such books very well furnished indeed.