Both of the volumes below are the first American printing
of novels by the British writer L. P. Hartley. Both of the book jackets
are identified: “Typography, binding, and jacket designs by Charles
E. Skaggs.” Skaggs designed many books and book jackets for Alfred A.
Knopf, publishers of “Borzoi” editions, for several decades beginning
in the mid-1940s.
The Skaggs Collection contains many books with their jackets, other flattened
book jackets, and original artwork for the book jackets designed by Skaggs.
This design and these book jackets reveal the re-use of designs on different
titles, as well as significant changes made between the original designs
and the final printed book jackets. All of the text on these book jackets
is hand-lettered by Skaggs.
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