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I think I'm right in saying that Eric was never published with the black covers. It was originally a large format paperback with illustrations by Josh Kirby. A later, smaller copy then came out by Gollancz (rather than Corgi) without the illustrtions.
The really odd thing is that there seems to be a 'black' cover for the audiobook, but not the book.
"Goodness is about what you do. Not what you pray to."