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My dream is to cover a room with books -- a few from the modern library, some Alvin Lustig, Janet Halverson and E. McKnight Kauffer pieces, and other jackets that just speak to me. The covers above are quintessentially summer in their palette, and would look just lovely thrown into the mix. I adore the typographic treatment of the John Cheever jackets, designed by R.D. Scudellari. The illustrative covers -- Through the Fields of Clover, The Tents of Wickedness, I Am! Says the Lamb, and others -- are the designs of Robert Leydenfrost. I could not source the designer for a few of the jackets, but their collective whimsy would surely brighten any home. Of all the possible places for them, I think they might be a little busy for an office, but the ideal decor for a nursery or foyer.
1920s and '30s Modern Library covers designed by the celebrated advertising poster artist, E. McKnight Kauffer. Kauffer's book covers are essentially mini-canvases of his usual medium, and pack the same originality, creativity and vigor as his billboards. He was heralded within advertising in his adopted home of England, but never quite found the same recognition during his lifetime in his expatriated United States. However, as time went by, Kauffer's excellence in the arts has been rightfully acknowledged – today he is considered one of the greatest pioneers of modern graphic design.
I'm particularly taken by the bold type treatment of Winesburg, Ohio (which is one of my favorite novels).
Some of the wonderful dust jacket designs for Modern Library, from the '20s through the '70s. I love their 2-color palettes and the delicate line art. Such timeless work.