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Designer: Alvin Lustig

by Franz Kafka.
New Directions, 1946
5" x 7.5"
277 pages

A stunning dust jacket designed by Alvin Lustig as part of his seminal New Classics series of designs for New Directions. Taking strong cues from Modern Art, Lustig creates an exceptionally strong graphic abstraction with a prominent star symbol in American red white and blue. Subtle hand-drawn typography rounds out the style that Lustig developed for this series. Unclipped with the original price listed at $1.50. Some shelf wear and chipping to the edges of the dust jacket, especially the top of the spine. 3/4-inch tear and some creasing to the front, and foxing to the reverse. Tight binding with an exceptionally clean interior. The jacket is protected by a Brodart dust jacket wrap.

About Alvin Lustig:
Alvin Lustig (1915-1955) was a design generalist who believed in the "power of design when applied to all aspects of life." His work spans the genres of industrial, graphic, and interiors design, but he is perhaps most well known for his book jacket. When he began designing in the 1940's, his work was considered radical, although it was not the type of radicalism that critics feared. His precision and attention to detail alongside a strong penchant for problem solving led Lustig to a legacy that todays graphic designers are much beholden to. His starkly surreal style was reliant on hand cut paper shapes and sparse photographic fragments laid out with a strong sense of the grid.


Alvin Lustig book jacket design, 1946. "Amerika" by Franz Kafka


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: graphic design, paper, ink
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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