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The Wisdom of the Heart by Henry Miller, New Directions

Contributed by Ian Lanius on Nov 3rd, 2016. Artwork published in .
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    Alternative view of the book jacket


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    8 Comments on “The Wisdom of the Heart by Henry Miller, New Directions”

    1. Nov 3rd, 2016  9:05 am

      Caliban Books has a signed copy for sale. They share some more images of the cover and the interior, and note:

      This book was Alvin Lustig’s first project for New Directions; he designed the label on the front board, the title page and the dust jacket.

    2. Nov 3rd, 2016  4:27 pm

      Is the first ‘t’ on the title page flipped? For symmetry?

    3. Ian Lanius says:
      Nov 3rd, 2016  9:19 pm

      Wow, good catch!

    4. Ian Lanius says:
      Nov 4th, 2016  3:41 pm

      How would that have been achieved in 1941? Would this have been set on a Linotype?

    5. Nov 4th, 2016  9:16 pm

      I’d reckon that there was some intermediary step (of photographic copying?) involved in making the title page.

    6. aaron says:
      Jan 23rd, 2017  9:22 pm

      The specific dust jacket shown (above) is the second edition (I believe) of the title and was designed by Robert Lowry. (If you look closely, you can see his signature: “lowry”)

      Lustig did design the cover and title page 'decorations’, as well as the DJ for the first edition.

    7. Jan 24th, 2017  10:38 am

      Nice catch, aaron. Thanks!

    8. Aaron Cohen says:
      Jan 24th, 2017  4:41 pm

      You’re welcome, Stephen. It’s interesting that it was released with this new jacket, because the metal type designs were what attracted New Direction’s publisher James Laughlin to Lustig in the first place—those and a few key recommendations.

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