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Designer: Alvin Lustig

ABC of Reading
by Ezra Pound.
New Directions Paperbook, 1960
Fifth printing, c.1962
4.25" x 7"
206 pages

An excellent earlier paperback printing with Lustig's name removed from the front cover, but the credit on the reverse still present. Some minor shelf and edge wear to the cover, with a very clean interior.

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.

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Alvin Lustig book cover design, 1960. "ABC of Reading" by Ezra Pound.

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: graphic design, paper, ink, offset printing
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 133 reviews
  • Favorited by: 11 people