Sunday, January 30, 2011

Vanessa Gray: The Reckless Orphan

The Reckless Orphan by Vanessa Gray was published by Signet in December 1981. Julia Edgeworth, our orphan, is impoverished after the death of her father, but is desired in marriage by Lord Charles Langley, a rich and powerful aristocrat.

Allan Kass shows our couple standing near a staircase in a richly decorated area. Our hero wears a green coat, which is rare in Kass illustrations, while our heroine is pretty in lilac and green. What's outstanding about this illustration is the ornate wood carving of the staircase. Allan outdoes himself with the details on this cover.

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