Alvin Lustig
DH Lawrence, Selected Poems, 1947, Framed

This original first edition book cover designed by Alvin Lustig was taken straight from press and never folded. Lustig began designing book covers in 1941. Constantly experimenting to extend the limitations of the medium, he is regarded as a leading innovator in his field. He would read each text, before attempting to express the author’s creative thrust, finally restating it in his own graphic terms. His covers remain timeless examples of the pinnacle of design. Although best known for his novels, DH Lawrence was also a prolific poet, writing over 1,000 poems by the time of his death at the age of 44. Alvin Lustig, b. 1915 Denver, Colorado20.25 x 15.5 inches framed—d. 1955, New York City, was a graphic designer of international recognition. Offset lithograph on cream coated paper New Directions 11.5 × 22 inches framed
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