New York Trade Book Design in the Nineteen-Forties and Fifties
Alongside the long-acknowledged spectacular American book design by the fine printers that focused on limited editions, there flourished a school of lower-profile designers working with commercial printing plants that brought high quality into the run-of-the-mill production of major New York publishers like Alfred A. Knopf and Random House. The names of W.A. Dwiggins, George Salter, and Warren Chappell may come up today in reference to their jacket design, but their major legacy were the trade book interiors: well-designed, well-set, and well-crafted, that went on to influence the appearance of American books for many years to come. These trade book designers, publishers, and production managers were the mainstay of The Typophiles membership for many decades. David R. Godine will revisit their work and discuss their accomplishments.
Since 1970, David R. Godine has been an independent trade book publisher in Boston, noted for the high quality of his books, in their content, as well as their design, printing, and production—his own lifework being an embodiment of the aspirations of the midcentury New York book people.