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About the Cover Illustration

About the Cover Illustration

The figure on the cover of JUnit in Action, Second Edition is captioned “Burco de Alpeo,” taken from a Spanish compendium of regional dress customs first published in Madrid in 1799. The same figure appeared on the cover of the first edition of the book, and we have not been successful in the intervening years in finding an accurate translation of the figure caption, in spite of having asked our first edition readers to help out. Please post any new suggestions in the Author Online forum for the second edition.

The title page of the compendium states thus:

Coleccion general de los Trages que usan actualmente todas las Nacionas del Mundo desubierto, dibujados y grabados con la mayor exactitud por R.M.V.A.R. Obra muy util y en special para los que tienen la del viajero universal

which we translate, as literally as possible, thus:

General collection of costumes currently used in the nations of the known world, designed and printed with great exactitude by R.M.V.A.R. This work is very useful especially for those who hold themselves to be universal travelers

Although nothing is known of the designers, engravers, and workers who colored this illustration by hand, the “exactitude” of their execution is evident in this drawing, which is just one of many in this colorful collection. Their diversity speaks vividly of the uniqueness and individuality of the world’s towns and regions just 200 years ago. This was a time when the dress codes of two regions separated by a few dozen miles identified people uniquely as belonging to one or the other.

The collection brings to life a sense of isolation and distance of that period—and of every other historical period except our own hyperkinetic present. Dress codes have changed since then and the diversity by region, so rich at the time, has faded away. It is now often hard to tell the inhabitant of one continent from another. Perhaps, trying to view it optimistically, we have traded a cultural and visual diversity for a more varied personal life. Or a more varied and interesting intellectual and technical life.

We at Manning celebrate the inventiveness, the initiative, and, yes, the fun of the computer business with book covers based on the rich diversity of regional life of two centuries ago, brought back to life by the pictures from this collection.

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