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Classic Book Jackets: The Design Legacy of George Salter Paperback – December 1, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In todays maximum-impact market, with bold colors and graphics plastering book jackets of all sorts, its refreshing to peruse this book, which features the work of George Salter, one of the most successful book-jacket designers of the past century. It starts with a biographical synopsis of Salters work, but the real raison dêtre here are the illustrations, which show how brilliantly Salter captured a books theme and plot. Take the swirling collage of characters and images on his cover for Isak Dinesens Winters Tales or the haunting images of ghost-like figures looking upon a man in a black suit in his cover for Franz Kafkas The Trial. Sometimes the book covers relation to the subject is subtle, yet definitefor instance, a series of wavy lines against a black backdrop on the cover of Evelyn Waughs The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold subtly depicts the books topic: one mans neurological illness. This overview commendably goes a step further than the jackets themselves, showing Salters lasting contributions to the world of book design, such as a three-dimensional, calligraphy-inspired font called "Flex." Sometimes, one does wish for a bit more cross-studyit would have been nice, for instance, to see examples of Salters "Flex" font in recent work by todays designersbut, overall, this is a pleasantly nostalgic look at an important figure in the world of books. 220 color illustrations.
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"will appeal to readers who love books not just for their contents but for their look and feel as well." -- L.A. Weekly, December 17, 2004
...both delightful to look through and a concise, thorough, and semischolarly account of all of Salter's work. -- Fine Books and Collections, July/August 2005
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