Charles Baudelaire. Flowers of evil. New Directions, 1946

“Alvin Lustig (1915-1955) changed the look of book jackets in the mid ‘40s through his practical application of modern art and modern typography. Lustig introduced photomontage to American jackets as a mean of giving the two-dimensional surface a three-dimensional illusion. His series of illustrated jackets for New Directions Classics took the abstraction of Miró, Mark Rothko, and others to the limits of applied art.”

 

Steven Heller, Seymour Chwast. Jackets required: an illustrated history of American book jacket design, 1920-1950. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1995 (p. 114)