Cover design crops up occasionally here, sometimes because we are being very critical of a particularly inappropriate or unsuccessful cover, but also when I want to point out something that has been produced with real style or a feel for the material. Back in March I asked if you'd read any W. Somerset Maugham, and I got a great response. Despite all your strong recommendations I have still to read him, but on a superficial level his books are now even more appealing as they have been re-jacketed: click on the picture above to enlarge it and visit Bridgeman to learn about the designs.
More quite beautiful covers, this time by Coralie Bickford-Smith for Penguin, and there is much to swoon over on her site (including that most striking jacket for Anne Fadiman's At Large and at Small: Confessions of a Literary Hedonist - I happen to like the hardback colour better than that of the paperback). In terms of drawing the potential reader, Coralie's books would grab me!
You may also be interested to read The Casual Optimist's interview with Coralie and to see what she says about the design process.