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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Dharma Bums

50th Anniversary Edition designed by Greg Mollica
Penguin Graphic Classics edition designed by Jason

Kerouac's The Dharma Bums was published 50 years ago, and Greg Mollica's design for the Anniversary Edition reaches respectfully back to 1958. The type is magenta and red/orange foil-stamped; someone with better knowledge of book production history will have to tell us when that became practical.

This follows the recent reissue (from 2006) of The Dharma Bums in the Penguin Graphic Classics Series, which we took a quick look at two years ago:

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Ian Koviak said...

wow. Love the green in the first cover.

Anonymous said...

The anniversary cover is indeed very nice, but it'd be interesting to find out Mollica's reason behind the choice of font. The font just seems rather at odds with the one used in the original cover.