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book (design) story #505

karl august wittfogel:
die wissenschaft der bürgerlichen gesellschaft

der malik-verlag, berlin, 1922
size: 24 x 16 cm
designer: john heartfield (cover)

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here a 1922 publication of the leftist malik-verlag: "the history of bourgeois science" by german sociologist and sinologist karl august wittfogel (1896-1988). wittfogel was a member of the famous frankfurt school. after being jailed by the nazis he managed to emigrate to the u.s. in 1934 where he turned into an anti-communist.

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the cover features sans-serif capitals filled with printed text – so small that it is not readable at all!

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although not credited we can assume that the cover design is by john heartfield (1891-1968) who designed almost all of the malik-verlag's book covers/jackets.

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