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.
An established American poet, Kenneth Patchen incorporated many mediums including painting, drawing, and jazz music. He was a central influence over the San Francisco Renaissance and the Beat Generation.
Alvin Lustig, b. 1915 Denver, Colorado - d. 1955, New York City, was a graphic designer of international recognition.
Original book cover
Offset lithograph on cream coated paper
11.5 x 22 inches