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What to look for in a Spanish Used and Rare Bookstore

I’m guessing that this is the best used/rare bookstore in Alicante, Spain,

So. What to look for when you’re in a used/rare bookstore in Spain and don’t read the language? I got some answers from Emilio Gil last year when I interviewed him for The Biblio File. Content is out, but design can be universally appreciated. So Emilio identified four important Spanish book designers to go after:

Ricard Giralt Miracle and his Filograf studio work

Jordi Fornas and his covers for the La cua de palla ‘man of straw’ crime series published by Edicions ’62 from 1963 – 1970 (71 titles in all)

Manolo Prieto and the covers he designed for  Novelas y Cuentos, a series of weekly paperback magazine-type books he produced each week for 14 years, starting in 1942.

Daniel Gil and his covers for Alianza Editorial (notably the Marcuse titles) 1968-1980

Here’s a nice Gil number I picked up this evening at Librería Raices.


Here’s a photo of the owner:

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