Book Cover, Illuminations, 1947
This is a book cover. It was designed by Alvin Lustig and written by Arthur Rimbaud and made for New Directions Books. It is dated 1947 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is offset lithograph on cream shiny wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
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.
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Its dimensions are
(irregular): 18.5 x 16.2 cm (7 5/16 x 6 3/8 in.)
It is signed
Signed in printed white ink, front cover lower left: lustig.
Cite this object as
Book Cover, Illuminations, 1947; Designed by Alvin Lustig (American, 1915–1955); USA; offset lithograph on cream shiny wove paper; (irregular): 18.5 x 16.2 cm (7 5/16 x 6 3/8 in.); Gift of Tamar Cohen and Dave Slatoff; 1993-31-165-13