GEORGE SALTER – A LEGACY OF BOOK DESIGN
GEORGE SALTER (1897–1967) was a noted American and German book designer. Born and raised in an affluent German–Jewish family, Salter began his artistic career primarily as a set designer in Berlin, working for such prestigious theaters as the Prussian State Opera and the Berliner Volksoper. He began to focus on commercial book design in the late 1920s and had produced 350 designs by 1934, when he fled Nazi Germany. When he arrived in New York, his work was already known thanks to an exhibit, in late 1933, at Columbia University mounted by Hellmut Lehmann–Haupt, curator of the University’s Rare Book Department.