Looking on the Inside – End Papers Part 1

That some books have the most stunning covers and naked hardcovers is certainly not a secret. I have to be honest and admit that I tend to glance beneath the dust jacket in the book store just to see if there is something pretty underneath. It has made me want plenty of books.

Do you ever look beyond that though? Something else I tend to do is look at the end papers books have. Some have boring white/grey end papers. Some are colored. And then there are others that are illustrated in some way.

It is the illustrated ones I want to take a look at with these posts and see what kind of beautiful end papers I have in my collection. And the best place to start is of course with Harry Potter and move from there.


 Illustrated edition of The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling


In this first book we get a black and white view on Hogwarts. I’ve always wondered why they chose for black and white because it paints such a doom and gloom view on a book that didn’t start out THAT dark.


This illustration of Hogwarts is also so very dramatic. I guess it kind of goes with the ending.

Illustrated edition of The Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling


The Chamber of Secrets end papers are bit more cheerful and don’t differ quite as much from one another as with the other two illustrated editions so I am only showing you this one. It feels more green and touches on the botany. I quite like that.

Illustrated Edition of The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling


With Prisoner of Azkaban we go back to the doom and gloom with Azkaban on the first spread of end papers.


And then at the end we get dementors. Creepy things.

Illustrated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling


With Fantastic beats we get more of a map like end paper with illustrations scattered over it.  The lines are reminscient of how they used to map out routes.


Dutch Editions of The Letter to the King and The Secrets of the Wild Wood by Tonke Dragt


Tonke Dragt is a well known Dutch children books author. But especially this duology is well known. It was also translated to English a few years ago. I don’t know if the same map is in those editions but the map is oen oft he reasons I went with these Dutch ones.

Library Edition of Half the World by Joe Abercrombie


This map looks closer to an actual map like it would be drawn of our world now. It is detailed. Serious.

Dutch edition of The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyashi


Where as this gorgeous map of Orisha is red and beautifully illustrated around the edges. I love maps that don’t nessecarily take the serious route but illustrated the places on the map. It makes it more touchable I suppose.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and Tolkien, a Dictionary by David Day


And lastly I have these, again detailed, maps at the end papers of Middle Earth. It is interesting to look at. I need to look more at it when I reread my copy some day.

25 thoughts on “Looking on the Inside – End Papers Part 1

  1. Oh god I’m crazy for those illustrated versions of HARRY POTTER. I mean they made me read HP in the first place!!!!! I agree with the illustrations and the storyline of philosophers stone (not quite as dark as they get further on)

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  2. Zo’n knappe illustraties zorgen er steeds voor dat ik nog meer van een boek ga houden. Alsof je een extra cadeautje krijgt van de uitgeverij. Die van Harry Potter behoren zonder twijfel tot mijn persoonlijke favorieten.

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