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Designer: Alvin Lustig

"Exiles"
by James Joyce.
New Directions, 1945
154 pages

An important 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 three human forms on a simple textured green background. Subtle sans-serif typography rounds out the style that Lustig developed for this series. Unclipped with the original price listed at $1.55. Some edge wear and fading to the dust jacket, with a significant chip to the lower left corner and additional chipping at the top of the spine. Tight binding with a 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.

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Alvin Lustig book jacket design, 1945. "Exiles" by James Joyce

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: graphic design, paper, ink
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 131 reviews
  • Favorited by: 48 people