In 1927 George Salter began working as a graphic artist in his native Germany. From late 1934 until his death in 1967, he designed book jackets and books for most major American trade publishers. The George Salter Collection was presented to the Mortimer Rare Book Room in 1989. The core of the collection is the designerís copies of more than four hundred of his books, together with unfolded copies of many book jackets which preserve his work in pristine condition. There are also selected books from Salterís own reference library and supporting biographical and manuscript materials.
George Salter taught for nearly thirty years at Cooper Union in New York City. At his urging Charles Skaggs joined the faculty there and taught calligraphy and the history of the alphabet. Shown here is a selection of book jackets designed by Salter. He was a role model for many young designers in the 1930s and 1940s.
The Charles E. Skaggs Collection adds to the richness and depth of graphic arts materials, such as the Salter Collection, already in the Mortimer Rare Book Room.