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A Reader’s Guide to Herman Melville, First Edition

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Jul 25th, 2016. Artwork published in .
    Source: From the collection of Dr. Shelley Gruendler. License: All Rights Reserved.

    While the cover designer for this paperback is unclear, the interior states “designed by Robin Fox”. The cover shows similarities to the work of Alvin Lustig. Perhaps Lustig’s work for Noonday in the 1950s set the tone for the publisher which was followed by this designer.

    Source: License: All Rights Reserved.
    Source: License: All Rights Reserved.
    Source: License: All Rights Reserved.


    • Volta
    • Bank Script
    • Cheltenham
    • Century Expanded
    • Caledonia




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    3 Comments on “A Reader’s Guide to Herman Melville, First Edition”

    1. Jul 25th, 2016  8:48 pm

      See Volta + herring. Also, I wonder what came first, the logo of Farrar, Straus and Cudahy (later Giroux), or the one for Fischer Bücherei (Wolf D. Zimmermann, 1952).

    2. Aug 9th, 2016  9:57 pm

      Thank you very much, Benjamin! That article is a treasure trove.

      The three fish of Farrar, Straus, and Giroux were pulled directly from Noonday Press upon its acquisition in 1960. They had been employed as a device on the cover of Noonday’s short-lived, self-titled literary magazine, […] published during 1958 and 1959 […]

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