The Case of the Buried Clock: some covers

I was tidying books over the weekend and came across a box of Erle Stanley Gardner titles. And it seemed as though I’d been in a mood where I had to have a copy of every single printing of The Case of the Buried Clock (1943), because three different copies of this title were right on top.

I thought I’d collect as many as I could for your amusement, so you could see how cover styles change with the fashions of the times! I might add that I think it’s a good story, with some interesting background about wartime travel habits and the availability of tires that actually adds something to the plot. And there are a few pieces of good descriptive writing, which for ESG were few and far between. I can still remember being in my early teens and learning about sidereal time from this interesting Perry Mason novel!

My favourite? I think it’s Pocket 4509, with the awkwardly-posed sullen sex-kitten in aqua and kitten heels caught in a spotlight. Does this have anything to do with the book? Frankly, almost none of these covers have anything to do with the book.  But I hope to entice you to read it, it’s a good book from his best period of writing. Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “The Case of the Buried Clock: some covers

  1. Great fun Noah – and I agree, the Pocket edition (the cover looks like it is by Robert McGinnis?) is the one I like best too.

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