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Jackets Required: An Illustrated History of American Book Jacket Design, 1920-1950

Steven Heller and Seymour Chwast

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ISBN 10: 0811803961 / ISBN 13: 9780811803960
Published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1995
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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soft cover with flaps, as issued., , very small nick to bottom edge. no other flaws, clean, no markings or writing, strong sewn binding., first printing., 144pp., illustrated in color throughout with hundreds of wonderful dust jackets. sections on george salter, alvin lustig, arthur hawkins, jr., et al. Size: Oblong 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 15990

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Title: Jackets Required: An Illustrated History of ...

Publisher: Chronicle Books, San Francisco

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: First Edition/First Printing.

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At once seductive, informative, and ephemeral, a book jacket is designed to evoke - and promote - the contents of a book. During the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, book jackets emerged as one of America's most vital graphic media, showcasing the talent of America's most exciting illustrators and designers. JACKETS REQUIRED: An Illustrated History of American Book Jacket Design, 1920-1950 features a striking array of book jackets created for a wide range of subjects and formats, including novels, humor books, romances, mysteries, biographies, and history books, among others.

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During the Twenties, Thirties, and Forties, as books entered into competition with magazines for consumer attention in the marketplace, book jackets emerged as one of America's most vital graphic media. Many of America's most talented illustratators, influenced by Art Deco, Bauhaus, and constructivism, worked in this field. Heller (Covers and Jackets, PBC Intl., 1993), a senior art director at the New York Times, and book illustrator Chwast have assembled 272 examples of classic jacket art from that period, representing the work of 92 artists. The examples are divided into fiction and nonfiction. The authors also include a special section on six of the period's key designers: E. McNight Kauffer, W.A. Dwiggins, Arthur Hawkins Jr., George Saler, Alvin Lustig, and Paul Rand. A work tracing the evolution of the miniposters that proclaim a book's interior has been much needed, and this one is sure to please bibliophiles and designers alike. Highly recommended for general collections in both public and academic libraries as well as all special design collections.?Joseph Hewgley, Nashville
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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