Whenever I'm in a used bookstore, I check to see if they have any old Time Reading Program Special Editions lying around. In the sixties and seventies, Time put out a number of books with strange, nauseous, beautiful covers, many of which were designed by Leo and Diane Dillon. (Here's a great Locus interview.) The Dillons are a husband-wife illustration team who rose to prominence largely on the merits of the sci-fi covers they designed for Ace Specials back in the day (gallery #1, gallery #2); these covers earned them the 1971 Hugo. They later won back-to-back Caldecotts in 1976 and 1977 for their work on Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears and Ashanti to Zulu. I first encountered their art when I inadvertently stole a Time Edition of The Member of the Wedding from my high-school library when I was a teenager; its cover was a sort of thickly-textured seasick tapestry that I found completely mesmerizing. Anyway, today was a lucky day; I found their 1964 edition of H.M. Tomlinson's The Sea and the Jungle. The cover was designed by the Dillons and is comprised of four panels of a woodcut--that is, it appears to be; I'm not really sure how it was accomplished:
Isn't that nice? I'm obsessed with it. Here's a few more--I don't know if they were all designed by the Dillons, as information about these books is a bit lacking on the internet, but I believe a majority of them were: The Immense Journey; All the King's Men; Logbook for Grace; The Horse's Mouth; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre; A Coffin for King Charles; Poet's Choice; Notre-Dame de Paris; Mister Johnson; The Forest and the Sea; and The Natural--this last one appears in a blog post actually making fun of it.