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book (design) story #68

adam scharrer:
aus der art geschlagen

verlag der bücherkreis g.m.b.h., berlin, 1930
printer: auerdruck, hamburg
size: 19 x 13 cm
designer: jan tschichold

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we already came across some of jan tschichold's (1902–1974) great book designs for the bücherkreis, a socialist book club – see book stories 6, 11, 40, 41 and the next few.

adam scharrer (1889–1948) is a working-class writer. the hero of his story is a country boy who tries to escape the fate of his family – by joining the socialist movement. in 1933 scharrer emigrated to czekoslovakia, later to the ussr.

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jan tschichold's cover features an asymmetric composition of red rectangles and sans-serif type on a fine grey cloth. the title is repeated on the back cover – the line box and the semicolon after the author's name are typical for tschichold's work of that time.

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the title page takes on the style of the cover. the bücherkreis logo has not been reworked yet (see story 70).

the page layout is symmetrical to the spine – quite different from tschichold's early "elemental typography". only the bold (however small) page numbers and the dots (between sub-sections) remind of that phase.

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