The Crying of Lot 49 (1966)

Some consider The Crying of Lot 49 Pynchon’s most accessible novel. But Pynchon himself said of it, in his introduction to the Slow Learner collection: “[It] was marketed as a ‘novel,’ … I seem to have forgotten most of what I thought I’d learned up till then.” (p.22).

Of course, the postal horn is present in many of the cover designs, but some go with LA 1960s culture, mysticism, and other less obvious connections.

cl49_us-hb

First US Edition
Publisher: J.B. Lippincott Co.
(Mar 1966)
Design: Milton Charles / Charles and Cuffari
Price: $3.95

cl49_us-pb

First US Paperback Edition
Publisher: Bantam (1967)
Design: ?
Price: $0.75

cl49_us-pb2

Second US Paperback Edition
Publisher: Bantam Books, Windstone (1982)
Design: ?
Price: $3.50

cl49_us-pb3

Another US Paperback Ed.
Publisher: Perennial Library, Harper & Row (1986)
Design: Christopher Zacharow
Price: $7.95

us-pb-harper-perennial-1999

US Paperback
Publisher: Harper Perennial (1999)
Design: Marc Cohen
Illustration: Mark Penberthy

cl49-us-harper-2006

US Paperback
Publisher: Harper Perennial (2006)
Design: Aesthetic Apparatus

cl49-pb-us-2014

US Paperback
Publisher: Harper Perennial (2014)
Design: Jarrod Taylor

cl49_uk-hb

First UK Edition
Publisher: Jonathan Cape (1967)
Design: Peter Barber
Price: 21s. net

cl49-uk-vintage-pb-kondo

UK Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Cover Art: Yuko Kondo

cl49-uk-pb-burgess

UK Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Design: Paul Burgess