Matthew Young at Penguin has designed an austere cover for a forthcoming edition of Robert Graves’ Good-bye To All That, published as part of the company’s ongoing First World War-related series…
The type-only design is a sombre take on Graves’ autobiographical account of his wartime experience; with centred text and in a brushed gun-metal grey the A-format design is akin to a field manual or handbook (and similar in appearance to Warne’s Observer’s Books from the 1930s).
The date set bottom-right signifies that the text is of Graves’ original 1929 version of his memoir which he revised and republished it in 1957. The strange, unsettling first edition cover of the book is shown at the bottom of this post.
UPDATE: After I posted, Young got in touch via Twitter and shared this great image (below) of a specimen poster for Curwen, the typeface he used on the Graves cover.