Over at the facebook, Geoff Blogg recently posted the images below of the British editions of Illuminatus! (Amazon) paperbacks published by Sphere Books in 1976-77.
Although we haven’t been able to completely confirm it, the covers appear to be the work of artist Chris Foss who illustrated a slew of Sci-Fi titles during this period by such authors as Philip K. Dick, Michael Moorcock, Ursula K. Le Guin and prog rock album covers by the likes of Hawkwind.
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They’re very cool covers; I have copies of those editions myself. I wonder who did the overall cover design, the elements common to the US and UK editions: the title and frame around the illustration?
The “Prove You Are a Discordian Pope” question always throws me, incidentally. I want to answer 5 or 23 regardless of whether that’s mathematically correct.
I’m pretty sure that the cover for book 1 is by Tony Roberts and was taken from an illo in Omni – or maybe vice versa! Chasing this piece through the net is an illuminati-style task for some reason. Here are a couple of links including a physical model (which I must try to buy at some stage ):
Going to ask Tony if I can use the design for my own Illuminati-esque comic strip some day. Guessing books 2 and 3 are also by Roberts – I recall buying the books when they first came out in the 70’s purely on the strength of the covers – and then I read them! WOW!! Still not sure I understood it all but it’s one hell of a ride and the older I get the more it seems to make sense – that’s more than a little worrying…
Be interested to hear from anyone who knows more than I do (and no I don’t mean that in a Bob Dylan way lol!!).
Thanks for the input, Bill!