Book, Look! We Have Come Through!
This design for D. H. Lawrence’s collection of poetry is the first of hundreds of book covers by Kauffer. A pyramid of angular shapes represents two figures in swift motion side by side. The publisher thought that the sophisticated cover would attract the book’s target reader. But one critic found the imagery impossible to understand, describing it as “a mixture of two broken combs and the fragments of a knife-cleaner.”
It is credited
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives, Purchase from the Margery Masinter Endowment .
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 22.2 × 17.9 × 3 cm (8 3/4 × 7 1/16 × 1 3/16 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.