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Designer: Alvin Lustig

"The Longest Journey"
by E.M. Forster.
New Directions, 1943
327 pages

An excellent 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 layout in the form of tracings through a black and blue maze. Subtle typography rounds out the style that Lustig developed for this series.

Unclipped with the original price listed as $1.50. Some rubbing to the dust jacket’s front face. Several small tears along the edges. Chips at the top and bottom edges of the spine. A 1-inch tear at the top of the front seam between the spine and front face. A 3¼-inch tear at the bottom of the front seam between the spine and front face, with the tear continuing across the spine at the half way point. Small pencil notation on the front free end paper, otherwise 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, 1943. "The Longest Journey" by E.M. Forster.


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