Artists and Covers

Aspen Magazine


Aspen was known as the “first three-dimensional magazine” and featured guest designers for each issue. This Fab cover was designed by Andy Warhol just eleven years after the Borderline Ballads cover. Warhol was firmly in his pop art phase and included a packet of his iconic Campbell’s soup can prints.

This item is viewable by appointment in the UNF Special Collections.

Aspen Magazine inside cover
Aspen Magazine Pop Art
Borderline Ballads

Borderline Ballads by William Plomer


This work published in 1955 features cover design and lettering by Andy Warhol, representing an early example of pre-fame Andy Warhol art. He began his career in New York in the 1950s designing cover art.

Excerpt from Rare Books Digest on Borderline Ballads:

“Borderline Ballads by William Plomer published by Noonday Press in 1955 is perhaps the scarcest contribution in this type of Warhol artwork. For this book he designed the jacket as well as the titles of all of the poems, and he illustrated the title page. It marked the first time that the artist designed more than just the cover.” (From Rare Books Digest 07/23/2013): 

Available by appointment in UNF Special Collections, call number PR6031.L7 B6

The Fiction of Leroi Jones

Amiri Baraka, previously known as Leroi Jones, was considered the founder of the Black Arts Movement, and was known for his controversial writings. This collection of his fiction works includes cover art by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat, in his short life, was part of the neo-expressionist art movement in the 1980’s. 

Let Me Count the Ways

The Special Collections copy of the dark comedy novel Let Me Count the Ways was a gift of Richard Bizot and was signed by the author, Peter DeVries. It is also a first edition, printed in 1965 with cover art by artist John Alcorn. 

Excerpt from The Atlantic regarding artist John Alcorn:

“John Alcorn is an American artist and graphic designer likely best known for his 1987 “LOVE” postage stamp. From 1956-1958 he was the youngest member of Push Pin Studios, an influential studio that defined the hippy era.” (from The Atlantic: 

Let Me Count the Ways is available in General and Special Collections, call number PS3507.E8673 L4

The Art of Peter Max

The Art of Peter Max by Charles A. Riley, II is available by appointment in Special Collections, call number N6537.M3962 R55 2002

Literature Collections

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