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A Lion Unannounced: Twelve Stories and a Fable, compiled by Leonard Casper and published by the S.M.U. Press in 1971, resembles the contemporary French-style of bookmaking. Square-shaped and somewhat awkward to hold, it is nonetheless handsomely bound in yellow cloth with a fanciful lionís head stamped on the front cover. The modernistic title page was carefully planned, with thin spacing used in the title line. To some, however, the emblem which appears in the lower right corner of the page may appear superfluous. The lionís head drawing reappears as a frontispiece and integrates so well with the title page that, for all practical purposes, this becomes a double title page. The only typeface employed is Hermann Zapfís Optima with Optima Bold for headings.

A Lion Unannounced represents modern treatment accomplished with taste and style. It is such an achievement that it was a National Council on the Arts Selection and was included in the 1972 American Association of University Presses exhibition.

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