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Book Cover, The Great Gatsby, 1947

This is a Book cover. It was published by New Directions Books. It is dated 1947. Its medium is offset lithograph in yellow and black ink on white shiny wove paper.

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 was donated by Tamar Cohen. It is credited Gift of Tamar Cohen and Dave Slatoff.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 18.8 x 16.3 cm (7 3/8 x 6 7/16 in.)

It is signed

Signed in printed black ink, front cover lower right: lustig.

It is inscribed

Printed vertically in black ink, spine: THE GREAT GATSBY, printed vertically in grary ink, spine: F.SCOTT FITZGERALD. Printed horizontally in black ink, spine lower margin within white square: NC 9. Printed in black ink, front cover upper center right: F. scott Fitzgerald. Printed in white ink, front cover center: the great. Printed in black and white ink, front cover center right: GATSBY.

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