Item #6951 The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy [Original Pulsar graph, Peter Saville source material]
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy [Original Pulsar graph, Peter Saville source material]

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy [Original Pulsar graph, Peter Saville source material]

Editor-in-Chief, Simon Mitton; foreword by Sir Martin Ryle FRS. London: Book Club Associates London, 1977. Offset, in black cloth boards, missing dust jacket. 495pp. 10 x 10 ¼ in. Very good, with light wear and boards slightly detached from binding at title page. Item #6951

Comprehensive 1977 encyclopedia of astronomical study, with contributions from various physicists, filled with rich illustrations. From these, Peter Saville drew the vertically superimposed sequential radio pulses from the pulsar CP 1919 and refashioned it into what’s become the timeless and pervasive artwork for Unknown Pleasures.

Though now England’s most famous designer, Peter Saville was then a 23 year old wunderkind inspired by Tschichold’s New Typography who met Tony Wilson at a Patti Smith gig. The two quickly developed a strong collaborative relationship that materialized itself in Factory Records’ distinct visual language.

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