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Book Jacket, Bookjacket for "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell, Meridian Books, 1955

This is a Book jacket. It was designed by Alvin Lustig. It is dated 1955 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is lithograph in blue, green, black, white and yellow ink on white shiny wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

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

Its dimensions are

H x W: 22 x 29.1 cm (8 11/16 x 11 7/16 in.)

It is signed

Signed in printed white ink, front cover lower left: lustig.

It is inscribed

Printed in black ink, upper left: THE HERO. Printed in white ink, upper center: WITH A; lower center: FACES; lower margin: MERIDIAN BOOKS sewn bound for durability M 22 $1.45. Printed in light blue ink, center: THOUSAND; lower center right: Joseph Campbell. Printed vertically in black ink, spine: THE HERO WITH/A THOUSAND FACES Joseph Campbell. Printed vertically in white ink, spine: MERIDIAN BOOKS; printed horizontally in white ink, spine lower margin: M 22. Printed in light blue ink, back cover center: THE HERO WITH A/THOUSAND FACES; printed in green ink, back cover center: by Joseph Campbell. Printed in black ink, back cover lower half: In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell/presents a complete hero. Apollo, Frog-King of/the fairy tale, Wotan, Buddha, and many other pro-/tagonists of folklore and religion enact simultane-/ously the various phases of their common character./The relationship of their timeless symbols to those/discovered by contemporary psychoanalysts is taken/as a starting point for interpretation. The psychologi-/cal is compared with the words of such/spiritual leaders as Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, and/Lao-tse. From behind a thousand faces the single hero/emerges, archetype of all mythology./The numerous illustrations from the original edition/have been retained./All Meridian Books are Smyth-Sewn for Durability.

Cite this object as

Book Jacket, Bookjacket for "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell, Meridian Books, 1955; Designed by Alvin Lustig (American, 1915–1955); lithograph in blue, green, black, white and yellow ink on white shiny wove paper; H x W: 22 x 29.1 cm (8 11/16 x 11 7/16 in.); Gift of Tamar Cohen and Dave Slatoff; 1993-31-186

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