What is this?
Book cover with undulating colored lines surrounding black oval-like shape at upper right with book title printed at center. Printed in white ink, front cover right center: SIDDHARTHA; printed in black ink, lower left: HERMANN HESSE. Printed vertically in black ink, side cover: SIDDHARTHA; printed horizontally in black ink, lower center: NC 34. Printed vertically in white ink, side cover: HERMANN HESSE.
Why is this in our collection?
Functioning like a small poster, a book cover must quickly capture a viewer’s attention and provoke curiosity about the content within, contributing an enduring element to the reader’s experience. The covers designed by Alvin Lustig in the 1940s and 1950s employ abstracted iconography and simple typography and lettering to create emotionally compelling representations of a book’s themes. Lustig, who died at 40, is remembered as one of America’s greatest modern designers.
This object has been included in the following exhibitions: