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Title
Almanacco Letterario Bompiani

Designer
Bruno Munari

Year
1934

Client
Bompiani

Medium
Periodical

Size
28×20 cm

Notes
One of the numerous covers that Bruno Munari designed for the Bompiani Literary Almanac between 1933 and 1977. Munari, who was also responsible for many book layouts, tried to search for “a visual parallel to literary expression” (B. Munari, 1977).

On the cover of the 1934 Almanac, the title seems to be quickly traced with a brush on a bare wall, as if to suggest that the very essence of literature can also be found in the essential gesture of writing a few words on a wall.

Beyond the better-known burgundy red cover, a blue version was also printed. The book is also available with a different cover (maybe not by Munari) featuring a slanted title, repeated three times in a very interesting way by using the entire space of the cover and going beyond it.

However, this layout looks to have been exactly copied by the German book ‘Es kommt der Neue Fotograf’, originally designed by Fritz Adolphy in 1929 and here reproduced for comparison.


Title
Almanacco Letterario Bompiani

Designer
Bruno Munari

Year
1934

Client
Bompiani

Medium
Periodical

Size
28×20 cm

Notes
One of the numerous covers that Bruno Munari designed for the Bompiani Literary Almanac between 1933 and 1977. Munari, who was also responsible for many book layouts, tried to search for “a visual parallel to literary expression” (B. Munari, 1977).

On the cover of the 1934 Almanac, the title seems to be quickly traced with a brush on a bare wall, as if to suggest that the very essence of literature can also be found in the essential gesture of writing a few words on a wall.

Beyond the better-known burgundy red cover, a blue version was also printed. The book is also available with a different cover (maybe not by Munari) featuring a slanted title, repeated three times in a very interesting way by using the entire space of the cover and going beyond it.

However, this layout looks to have been exactly copied by the German book ‘Es kommt der Neue Fotograf’, originally designed by Fritz Adolphy in 1929 and here reproduced for comparison.