Monday, June 13, 2022

"For Special Services" Misprint

I recently received three parcels of books from my wife for my birthday.  When my wife had asked me what I wanted for my birthday I'd suggested just wrapping the parcels of books I'd recently received in the post.  The books were the result of several dives down a series of rabbit holes while online shopping.

The first parcel of books were for a particular cover of John Gardner's "Icebreaker" which I discussed in my last post.  

The second parcel also contained a John Gardner title published by Coronet-General Books, this time "For Special Services".  The book is shown on the left in the photo below.  These two books are identical except for one point; the silver title text.  The cover on the right shows what the silver text should look like.  The cover on the left  has misprinted silver text.

I'm not a book printing expert however when I posted this cover image on an online Facebook group a number of people suggested how it could have occurred.  If you're interested I listed them on my Less Common Books And Ephemera page on

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