A Selection of Book Jacket & Binding Designs, 1949-1960
"A jacket assignment was always a special little thrill. It was another chance to strut your stuff and to have your work reach a national circulation. Every new jacket presented its own set of problems, but, within the limits of the publisherís and authorís style or idiom, it was also an opportunity to do something fresh. Good reference sources of allegorical and historical images or better still, oneís own mental library of metaphorical and allusive motifs, were essential if one were to offer more than mere calligraphic renderings of title, etc. The greater oneís grasp of literary style and the better oneís knowledge of contemporary authors and subject matter, the more likely were commissions of interesting and significant books. But almost everybody did a share of pot-boilers, too."