BOOKS: Judging Books by Their Covers

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From By Its Cover
New from Princeton Architectural Press is By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design, by Rutgers University profs Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger. A $29.95 paperback with 200 four-color plates, By Its Cover "traces the story of the American book cover from its inception as a means of utilitarian protection for the book to its current status as an elaborately produced form of communication art," says the publisher. "It is, at once, the intertwined story of American graphic design and American literature, and features the work of such legendary figures as Rockwell Kent, E. McKnight Kauffer, Paul Rand, Alvin Lustig, Rudy deHarak and Roy Kuhlman, along with more recent and contemporary innovators including Push Pin Studios, Chermayeff-Geismar, Karen Goldberg, Chip Kidd and John Gall." We're leading this showcase with a 1932 cover by Arthur Hawkins, whom the authors include among the "key players in early American flirtations with modernism." In the PDF are Roy Kuhlman's The Girl Beneath the Lion (1958); Herb Lubalin's Harlem On My Mind (1968); Paul Bacon's Saint Jack (1973); and Barbara de Wilde's The Revolution of Little Girls (1991). See for more.
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