Don't judge a book by its cover
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- In George Eliot's "The Mill on the Floss" (1860), Mr Tulliver uses the phrase in discussing Daniel Defoe's "The History of the Devil", saying how it was beautifully bound.
- The preceding version was then publicised by the 1946 murder mystery novel Murder in the Glass Room, in the form of "You can never tell a book by its cover."
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