After years of looking for my original copy of John Gray's Mill on Liberty: A Defence, I broke down and bought a new copy. It arrived several months ago, but I only just today had the occasion to take a look at it. I find the cover -- an illustration by one Mark Hudson--really odd.
Is that a castle being built around Mill's gigantic head and torso? Or is that a miniature Mill (drawn for some reason as a Picasso-ish figure) building a castle around the sovereign individual? And why does the structure stop at the shoulders? In any case, the structure being built seems exceedingly constraining. A strange image for a book that aims to defend Mill's views.