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Book Cover, Newman: An Intellectual and Spiritual Biography of John Henry Newman, 1959

This is a book cover. It was written by Louis Bouyer and designed by Elaine Lustig Cohen and made for (as the client) Meridian Books. It is dated 1959 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is offset lithograph on off-white wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Elaine Lustig Cohen was married to Alvin Lustig from 1948 to 1955. She managed her husband’s studio, serving as a secretary, production assistant, and draftsperson—the “office slave,” as she recalls. As Lustig lost his eyesight to diabetes, he relied on his wife to execute his concepts. Following Lustig’s death, Cohen established her own design practice. Her book covers shown here use abstract structural elements, expressive typography, and conceptual photographs to richly interpret the books’ contents.

This object was donated by Tamar Cohen and Dave Slatoff and catalogued by Elizabeth Horwitz Marcus and Julia Pastor. It is credited Gift of Tamar Cohen and Dave Slatoff.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 18.1 x 23.8 cm (7 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in white, spine: NEWMAN; in black, spine: LOUIS BOUYER MERIDIAN BOOKS; in black, vertically, front cover upper left corner: elaine lustig; in black, front cover: LOUIS BOUYER; in white, purple cross at front cover: NEWMAN / an intellectual and / spiritual biography of / John Henry Newman / Meridian Books M87 / $1.55/Canada $1.70

Cite this object as

Book Cover, Newman: An Intellectual and Spiritual Biography of John Henry Newman, 1959; Designed by Elaine Lustig Cohen (American, 1927 - 2016); USA; offset lithograph on off-white wove paper; H x W: 18.1 x 23.8 cm (7 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.); Gift of Tamar Cohen and Dave Slatoff; 1993-31-8

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