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book (design) story #246

owen + elinore lattimore:
la formazione della cina moderna

giulio einaudi editore, roma, 1946
printer: a. staderini, roma
size: ?? x ?? cm
designer: max huber

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this is an italian translation of "the making of modern china" by owen lattimore (1900-1989) and his wife eleanore lattimore (1904-1986), first publishes in new york in 1944. owen lattimore grew up in china and was a leading expert on east asia. in the mccarthy era owen was suspected to be a soviet spy. later he was a professor for chinese studies in leeds, england.

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the book is shown here for its nice cover by swiss graphic designer max huber (1919-1992) who worked in italy for most of his career. he designed numerous books for einaudi – this one is part of the "problemi contemporanei" (contemporary problems) series, like books 214 and 217.

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unlike those later publications the inner pages of this earlier one doesn't reveal any influence of modernist typography, yet.

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as usual with italian books, the date of the completed printing is stated: december 1945.

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here a copy with the original belly band still present.

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