FERRARA, LIDIA GUIBERT History of the Book Jacket Image Collection
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History of the Book Jacket Image Collection

Title: Lidia Guibert Ferrara History of the Book Jacket Image Collection

OCLC/RLIN No. (Unique ID): 913487395

Dates: 1926-2015

Bulk Dates: 1926-2015

Extent: 4 linear feet (4 boxes)

Abstract: This collection consists of approximately 1,040 35mm color slides taken and/or received by Lidia Guibert Ferrara and 18 book jackets collected in the service of research for a book on the history of the book jacket. Also included are three articles relating to the history of the book jacket, provided in both print and digital form on the accompanying thumb drive, and over 130 book jackets art directed and/or designed by Ferrara in the 1970s-1980s.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research use. Copyright restrictions may apply; please contact repository for requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce the materials.

Preferred Citation: [Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Lidia Guibert Ferrara History of the Book Jacket Image Collection, The Grolier Club of New York.

About the Finding Aid:
This collection was processed by Alison Lotto and the finding aid was prepared by Rachel Greer and updated by Sophia Dahab in Microsoft Word at the Grolier Club, in April 2015.

Provenance: The slides in this collection were donated by Lidia Guibert Ferrara in January of 2013; the first installment of book jackets and electronic media were donated in February of 2015. Additional book jackets, books, and electronic media were donated in April 2015, and September 2015.

Access Points: 
LCSH:
Ferrara, Lidia Guibert
Levine, David, 1926-2009
Maffia, Daniel
Marcellino, Fred
Rand, Paul
Sorel, Edward, 1929-

Book cover art
Book jackets—Specimens
Book jackets—History
Graphic arts—20th century

Genre/Form:
Book jackets (aat)
Color slides (aat)

Biographical/Historical Note: 
Lidia Guibert Ferrara is an art director, author and journalist. Ferrara served as Special Projects Art Director for Random House from 1972 to 1975, Art Director for Alfred A. Knopf from 1975 to 1983 and Art Director for CDE, Gruppo Mondadori in Milan, Italy from 1983 to 2007. The materials in this collection cover her time at both Random House (specifically, the Vintage subdivision of Random House) and Knopf, and include examples of her work with David Levine, Daniel Maffia, Fred Marcellino, Paul Rand, and Edward Sorel, among many others.  As an art director, Ferrara required all of her artists and designers to first read the manuscript for the book before starting work on the book jacket itself, but set few additional guidelines.

Ferrara is also the author of Reclining Nude (2002) published by Thames & Hudson, Chronicle Books and Orbis Verlag, and, founder of the web journal/blog Arts Summary, A Visual Journal, (artssummary.com). From 2007 to 2012 she was the New York Correspondent for Verve International Monthly Review and Bogart magazines. Ferrara taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York and Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan. She is the recipient of The American Book Award as Art Director for Birdy by William Wharton and over 100 Awards from AIGA, Art Directors Club and Society of Illustrators. Ferrara was Chairwoman of the AIGA Book Clinic The Publishing Process and Juror for Print Casebooks, AIGA Poster Show and AIGA Cover Show. She had a One Woman Show at the Galleries of Estudio Giesso in Buenos Aires, Argentina and organized and coordinated the exhibition Record Album Covers and Posters in the USA at Centro de Arte y Comunicación in Buenos Aires. Lidia Guibert Ferrara is an Honors Graduate from Parsons School of Design and has a B.A. in Fine Arts from New York University.

Scope and Content Note:
The images and book jackets in boxes 1 and 2 of this collection were compiled by Ferrara during research for a book on the history of the book jacket, which was never published.  The research was done in New York and London (Bodleian Library and Victoria and Albert Museum).  Some of the slide images were taken by Ferrara, while others were taken either by the holding institution or the designers themselves and given to Ferrara. The book jackets were collected by Ferrara. The thumb drive included in this collection contains digital versions of the articles and research materials also provided as hard copies by Ferrara.  Some digital files have been duplicated and converted from .pages format to .zip and .pdf formats to ensure access. Original files formats have also been kept. The book jackets and books in box 3 were all art directed by Ferrara, with some also featuring her design and typography.  

Arrangement Note:
The slides in box 1 were arranged by Ferrara in projector trays. These were moved into archival slide folders and numbered according to their slot in the tray. Where the specific source of each group of slides could be determined they are organized in that fashion. However, if they were not marked then the slides are grouped with the rest of the tray according to the listing created by the donor.  The book jackets in box 2 are arranged first by publisher then chronologically, reflecting the original inventory provided by Ferrara.  Book jackets in box 3 were kept in their original order, differentiating only between paperback and hardcover. Items no. 90-135, also in box 3, were received in September 2015, and document Ferrara’s work as an art director for Gruppo Mondadori in Milan in the 1980s-1990s.  These were also kept in their original order.  

Container List:

Box 1
Slides collected by LGF

Box #

Folder #

Title

1

1

1920s, 1930s, 1940s

1

2

1920s, 1930s, 1940s

1

3

Boxes Without Labels

1

4

Children’s Public Library

1

5

Color, 1928-1938

1

6

Designers: Herb Lubalin, Lawrence Ratzkin, Rockefeller

1

7

Fales Library, 1889-1899

1

8

Alvin Lustig and Arthur Hawkins

1

9

MOMA

1

10

“The Publishing Process” Poster

1

11

Thomas Tanselle, Bob Wilson, Phoenix Book Shop

1

12

Various Boxes, Lawrence Ratzkin, Bea Feitler, Thomas Tanselle, Bob Wilson, Phoenix Book Shop, Danish, MOMA

1

13

Victoria and Albert Museum

1

14

Victoria and Albert Museum (Foreign Jackets), Cooper-Hewitt Library, Designer Paul Rand and Calligrapher Gun Larsen

1

15

P.G. Wodehouse

 

Box 2
(February 2015 Accrual)
Book Jackets collected by LGF

Folder No.

Publisher

Title and Author

Date

1

Alfred A. Knopf

Evenings on a Farm Near Dikana by Nikolay Gogol

1926

2

Alfred A. Knopf

The Slower Judas by G.B. Stern

1929

3

Alfred A. Knopf

The Garden by L.A.G. Strong

1931

4

Alfred A. Knopf

East of the Hudson by J. Brooks Atkinson

1931

5

Alfred A. Knopf

Night Clubs by Jimmy Durante and Jack Kofoed

1931

6

Alfred A. Knopf

A Man Named Luke by March Cost

1933

7

Alfred A. Knopf

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

1934

8

Alfred A. Knopf

Not in a Day by George Albee

1935

9

Alfred A. Knopf

Blind Man’s Year by Warwick Deeping

1937

10

Alfred A. Knopf

Bluewater by Warwick Deeping

1939

11

Alfred A. Knopf

The Plague by Albert Camus

1948

12

Random House

Back of Town by Maritta Wolff

1952

13

Random House

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

1965

14

Modern Library

The Plague by Albert Camus

1948

15

Modern Library

The Best of S. J. Perelman by S.J. Perelman

1959-1962

16

Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith

Gallows Orchard by Claire Spencer

1930

17

Harrison Smith, Inc.

Love for Two by Mildred Gilman

1932

18

Harrison Smith and Robert Haas Publishers

Winged Victory by V.M. Yeates

1934

Item 1

n/a

Electronic Files (thumb drive)

2013-2015

 

Box 3
(April 2015 accrual)
Book Jacket Designs, Art Directed by Lidia Guibert Ferrara (LGF)*

Dates of publication for Knopf book jackets can be found on the lower left (bottom of inside flap) of each jacket, in month/year format. 
Item numbers indicated on lower left of verso.

Item

Publisher

Title

Date

1

Vintage**

Freud by O. Mannoni

Undated (1970s)

2

Vintage**

Homage to Daniel Shays, Collected Essays by Gore Vidal

Undated (1970s)

3

Vintage**

Five Modern Plays by Yukio Mishima

Undated (1970s)

4

Vintage**

Not From the Apes by Bjӧrn Kurtén

Undated (1970s)

5

Vintage**

Psychological Survival by Stanley Cohen and Laurie Taylor

Undated (1970s)

6

Vintage**

The Counterfeiters by André Gide

1973

7

Vintage**

Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen

1972

8

Vintage**

Anecdotes of Destiny by Isak Dinesen

Undated (1970s)

9

Vintage**

Ehrengard by Isak Dinesen

1975

10

Vintage**

Last Tales by Isak Dinesen

1975

11

Vintage**

The Immense Journey by Loren Eiseley

Undated (1970s)

12

Vintage**

Woman’s Estate by Juliet Mitchell

1973

13

Vintage**

Man’s Fate by André Malraux

1972

14

Vintage**

The Energy Cartel by Norman Medvin

1974

15

Vintage**

Less than a Score, But a Point by T.J. Reddy

1974

16

Vintage**

The Political Illusion by Jacques Ellul

1972

17

Vintage**

Spearpoint: “Teacher in America” by Sylvia Ashton-Warner

Undate (1970s)

18

Vintage**

The Long Revolution by Edgar Snow

1973

19

Vintage**

Lectures in America by Gertrude Stein

Undated (1970s)

20

Vintage**

Everybody’s Autobiography by Gertrude Stein

1973

21

Vintage**

Last Operas and Plays by Gertrude Stein

1975

22

Vintage**

The Americans: The Colonial Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin

Undated (1970s)

23

Vintage**

The Americans: The National Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin

Undated (1970s)

24

Vintage**

The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin

1974

25

Vintage**

A Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden

Undated (1970s)

26

Alfred A. Knopf**

Parallel Botany by Leo Lionni

1977

27

Alfred A. Knopf**

Women Together by Judith Papachristou
(cover art by Joan Hall)

1976

28

Alfred A. Knopf

The Sun and the Moon by Niccolò Tucci
(cover art and design by Muriel Nasser)

Undated (1970s)

29

Alfred A. Knopf

An Open Book by John Huston
(cover photograph by Irving Penn)

Undated (1970s)

30

Alfred A. Knopf

Dear Boris by Cynthia Lindsay
(designer unknown)

Undated

31

Alfred A. Knopf

Haywire by Brooke Hayward
(designer unknown)

Undated

32

Alfred A. Knopf

The Genius by Gottfried Reinhardt***

Undated

33

Alfred A. Knopf

Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
(all but lettering done by LGF, based on a design by Josef Hoffmann)

1979

34

Alfred A. Knopf

Hasen by Reuben Bercovitch ***
(Cover bookplate design by Rockwell Kent)

1978

35

Alfred A. Knopf

An Armful of a Warm Girl by W.M. Spackman
(painting from Le Bon Ton d’après-guerre)

1978

36

Alfred A. Knopf

Kinflicks by Lisa Alther
(design by Michael Doret)

1976

37

Alfred A. Knopf

Great Maria by Cecelia Holland
(illustration from The Hunt of the Unicorn; calligraphy by Irving Borgen)

1974

38

Alfred A. Knopf

Iron Cages by Ronald Takaki

1979

39

Alfred A. Knopf

Streamers by David Rabe
(painting by Paul Davis)

1977

40

Alfred A. Knopf

Dispatches by Michael Herr
(design by Robert Anthony)

1977

41

Alfred A. Knopf

A Fine Old Conflict by Jessica Mitford
(painting by Edward Sorel)

1977

42

Alfred A. Knopf

Scribble Scribble by Nora Ephron
(lithograph by Jean-Michel Folon)

1978

43

Alfred A. Knopf

Love and Work by Gwyneth Cravens
(design by John Alcorn)

1982

44

Alfred A. Knopf

Oh! by Mary Robison
(illustration and design by John Alcorn)

1981

45

Alfred A. Knopf

A Change of Light by Julio Cortàzar
(design by Fred Marcellino)

1980

46

Alfred A. Knopf

Birdy by William Wharton ****
(design by Fred Marcellino)

1979

47

Alfred A. Knopf

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
(design by Fred Marcellino)

1982

48

Alfred A. Knopf

My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
(design by Fred Marcellino)

1980

49

Alfred A. Knopf

Dolly and the Nanny Bird by Dorothy Dunnett
(design by Fred Marcellino)

1982

50

Alfred A. Knopf

Fin-de-Siècle Vienna by Carl E. Schorske
(illustration by Gustav Klimt; design by Fred Marcellino)

1980

51

Alfred A. Knopf

The Hollywood Writers’ Wars by Nancy Lynn Schwartz
(design by Fred Marcellino)

1982

52

Alfred A. Knopf

P.G. Wodehouse: a Biography by Frances Donaldson
(illustration and design by Fred Marcellino)

1982

53

Alfred A. Knopf

Nancy Cunaro by Anne Chisholm
(photo by Cecil Beaton, design by Fred Marcellino)

1979

54

Alfred A. Knopf

Doctor Rat by William Kotzwinkle
(art by James Grashow, typography by LGF)

1976

55

Alfred A. Knopf

Families and Survivors by Alice Adams
(jacket art by Joan Hall)

1975

56

Alfred A. Knopf

Other People’s Lives by Joanna Kaplan
(painting by Daniel Maffia)

Undated

57

Alfred A. Knopf

Heathcliffe by Jeffrey Caine
(painting by Daniel Maffia)

1978

58

Alfred A. Knopf

Dream Children by Gail Godwin
(painting by Daniel Maffia)

1976

59

Alfred A. Knopf

Violet Clay by Gail Godwin
(painting by Daniel Maffia)

1978

60

Alfred A. Knopf

Lord Richard’s Passion by Mervyn Jones
(painting by Richard Hess)

1974

61

Alfred A. Knopf

Woody Guthrie: a Life by Joe Klein
(painting by Richard Hess)

1980

62

Alfred A. Knopf

Pocahontas by Frances Mossiker
(painting by Richard Hess)

1976

63

Alfred A. Knopf

The Kentucky Trace by Hariette Simpson Arnow
(painting by Richard Hess)

1974

64

Alfred A. Knopf

A Secret History of Time to Come by Robie Macauley
(painting by Mark Hess)

1979

65

Alfred A. Knopf

Prophets With Honor by Alan Barth
(illustration by George Giusti)

1974

66

Alfred A. Knopf

The Pendragon by Catherine Christian
(painting my Robert Giusti)

1979

67

Alfred A. Knopf

The Sea Beggars by Cecelia Holland
(illustration and design by Braldt Bralds)

1982

68

Alfred A. Knopf

The Death of the Detective by Mark Smith
(illustration by Anna Jurinich)

1974

69

Alfred A. Knopf

Floating Worlds by Cecelia Holland
(illustration by Anna Jurinich)

1976

70

Alfred A. Knopf

Reflections from the North Country by Sigurd F. Olson
(design by Wendall Minor)

Undated

71

Alfred A. Knopf

How to Live on Almost Nothing and Have Plenty by Janet Chadwick
(design by Wendall Minor)

1979

72

Alfred A. Knopf

Edie: an American Biography by Jean Stein ***
(illustration by Guy Fery)

1982

73

Alfred A. Knopf

Lulu in Hollywood by Louise Brooks
(design by Gerard Heurta; illustration based on an original 1929 German poster for Pandora’s Box)

1982

74

Alfred A. Knopf

Misia by Arthur Gold and Robert Fitzdale ***
(design by Gun Larson; illustrations by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec)

1980

75

Alfred A. Knopf

George Eliot: the Emergent Self by Ruby V. Redinger
(chalk portrait by Sir Frederick W. Burton)

1975

76

Alfred A. Knopf

A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman
(painting from the Tres Riches Heures of Jean, Duc de Berry)

1978

77

Alfred A. Knopf

The Arts of David Levine
(illustrations by David Levine)

1978

78

Alfred A. Knopf

Bruguière by James Enyeart
(photo by Francis Joseph Bruguière)

1977

79

Alfred A. Knopf

Mannequins by George Bennett
(photos by George Bennett)

undated

80

Alfred A. Knopf

Flashback!: the 50s by Eve Arnold
(photos by Eve Arnold)

undated

81

Alfred A. Knopf

Running Dog by Don DeLillo
(Painting by Karl Korab)

1978

82

Alfred A. Knopf

Tossing and Turning by John Updike
(Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art)

1977

83

Alfred A. Knopf

The Walnut Door by John Hersey
(painting by Edward Hopper)

1977

84

Alfred A. Knopf

Parallel Botany by Leo Lionni
(drawing by Leo Lionni)

1977

85

Alfred A. Knopf

A World Destroyed by Martin J. Shwerin
(drawing by David Levine)

1975

86

Alfred A. Knopf

Superpen by Edward Sorel ***
(illustrations by Edward Sorel)

1978

87

Alfred A. Knopf

Women Together by Judith Papachristou
(cover art by Joan Hall)

1976

 

Box 4 
(April 2015 accrual)
Books

Item

Publisher

Book

Date

88

Alfred A. Knopf

Superpen by Edward Sorel
Edited, Art Directed and Designed by LGF

1978

89

Alfred A. Knopf

The Arts of David Levine by David Levine
Acquired, Edited, Art Directed and Designed by LGF

1978

 

* Unless otherwise noted, all book jackets also designed by LGF
** Paperback
*** Featured in American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Book Show
**** American Book Award Winner (1980)

Box 3, cont. 
(September 2015 accrual)
Italian Dust Jackets

Item

Publisher

Book

Date

90

Gruppo Mondadori

Porte Aporte by Leonardo Sciascia

1980s-1990s

91

Gruppo Mondadori

La Strada di Swann by Marcel Proust

1980s-1990s

92

Gruppo Mondadori

Sonetti by Shakespeare (version1)

1980s-1990s

93

Gruppo Mondadori

Sonetti by Shakespeare (version2)

1980s-1990s

94

Gruppo Mondadori

Poeti Romantici Inglesi (version1)

1980s-1990s

95

Gruppo Mondadori

Poeti Romantici Inglesi (version2-full)

1980s-1990s

96

Gruppo Mondadori

L’Uomo a Una Dimesione by Herbert Marcuse

1980s-1990s

97

Gruppo Mondadori

Eros e Civilta’ by Herbert Marcuse

1980s-1990s

98

Gruppo Mondadori

L’Io Diviso by Ronald D. Laing

1980s-1990s

99

Gruppo Mondadori

Voglia di Bene by M. Scott Peck

1980s-1990s

100

Gruppo Mondadori

Assalto Alla Verita’ by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

1980s-1990s

101

Gruppo Mondadori

Come Finiscono le Democrazie by Jean François Revel

1980s-1990s

102

Gruppo Mondadori

Dieci Psicoanalisti Spiegano i Temi Centali della Vita by Stefania Rossini

1980s-1990s

103

Gruppo Mondadori

L’Istituzione Negata by Frano Basaglia

1980s-1990s

104

Gruppo Mondadori

Natura e Destino by Konrad Lorenz

1980s-1990s

105

Gruppo Mondadori

Noi Terroristi by Giorgio Bocca

1980s-1990s

106

Gruppo Mondadori

La Colomba Assassinata by Henri Laborit

1980s-1990s

107

Gruppo Mondadori

Maschio e Femmina by Margaret Mead

1980s-1990s

108

Gruppo Mondadori

Cristianesimo e Religioni Universali by Hans Kung et al.

1980s-1990s

109

Gruppo Mondadori

Le Donne e L’Amore by Shere Hite

1980s-1990s

110

Gruppo Mondadori

L’Impero Sotterraneo by James Mills (2 copies)

1980s-1990s

111

Gruppo Mondadori

Diario di una Giovinetta by Sigmund Freud

1980s-1990s

112

Gruppo Mondadori

Il Terribile Giuramento Della Signora X e Altre Storie by Bertrand Russell

1980s-1990s

113

Gruppo Mondadori

Di Cosa Parliamo Quando Parliamo D’Amore by Raymond Carver

1980s-1990s

114

Gruppo Mondadori

Nei Mari Estremi by Lalla Romano

1980s-1990s

115

Gruppo Mondadori

Inchiesta Sulla Felicitá by Gianni Bisiach

1980s-1990s

116

Gruppo Mondadori

Freud – Una Sceneggiatura by Jean-Paul Sartre

1980s-1990s

117

Gruppo Mondadori

Mille Camere by Enzo Biagi

1980s-1990s

118

Gruppo Mondadori

Ararat by D.M. Thomas

1980s-1990s

119

Gruppo Mondadori

Leviatan by Julien Green

1980s-1990s

120

Gruppo Mondadori

Americana Anni ’80 by Debra Spark

1980s-1990s

121

Gruppo Mondadori

Storie Degli Stati Uniti by Maldwyn A. Jones

1980s-1990s

122

Gruppo Mondadori

Storia Dell’Inghilterra by Kenneth O. Morgan

1980s-1990s

123

Gruppo Mondadori

La Depressione by Daniel Widlocher

1980s-1990s

124

Gruppo Mondadori

Tsushima by Frank Thiess

1980s-1990s

125

Gruppo Mondadori

Sonno, Sogno, e Insonnia by G.M. Pace and F. Baldissera

1980s-1990s

126

Gruppo Mondadori

La Città e la Casa by Natalia Ginzburg

1980s-1990s

127

Gruppo Mondadori

Diario by Anna Frank

1980s-1990s

128

Gruppo Mondadori

L’Avventura del Cavaliere Guglirlmo il Maresciallo by Georges Duby

1980s-1990s

129

Gruppo Mondadori

Ricordi di un Uomo Invisibile by H.F. Saint

1980s-1990s

130

Gruppo Mondadori

Meno di Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

1980s-1990s

131

Gruppo Mondadori

Cronache Marziane by Ray Bradbury

1980s-1990s

132

Gruppo Mondadori

L’Armata Dei Fiumi Perduti by Carlo Sgorlon

1980s-1990s

133

Gruppo Mondadori

Profumi by Johanna Kingsley

1980s-1990s

134

Gruppo Mondadori

Harpoon by C.W. Nicol

1980s-1990s

135

Gruppo Mondadori

Tempesta by James Clavell

1980s-1990s

 

Box 4, cont. 
(September 2015 accrual)
Books, etc.

Item

Publisher

Book

Date

136

Robert Cadel

Print

Vol. XLIII:II of magazine, with an article on LGF

March/April 1989

137

Thames & Hudson

Reclining Nude by Lidia Guibert Ferrara

2002

138

Chronicle Books

Reclining Nude by Lidia Guibert Ferrara

2002

139

n/a

Thumbdrive containing images of dustjackets designed by LGF while at CDE, Gruppo Mondadori (Italy)

 

140

n/a

Thumbdrive containing images of dustjackets designed by LGF while at AIGA, CBS, Knopf, and Random House

 


 

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