Wednesday, May 07, 2008

That Pointing Finger

There was a little discussion on this blog a while ago about the 'pointing finger' device in printing. Particularly, it interests me because it was one of the earliest and most distinctively 'Stanley Morison' elements of design on Gollancz yellow jacketed books. Morison began the practice of starting the 'blurb' or at least a press quote on the front of the book and having the reader directed to the inside flap of the dustjacket by means of the finger...

So it was a pleasant surprise to find the first pointing finger jacket in my collection of Gollancz science fiction. The book was published in 1961 so there was no chance that Morison would have had anything to do with this particular title but nonetheless it was nice to see it.

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