Hardcover book by Adolfo Best-Maguard with 183 pages of text. The orange front cover has black text which reads [A METHOD FOR / CREATIVE / DESIGN / ADOLFO BEST-MAUGARD]. Below this is a black band that has cut outs showing the orange cover beneath in the shapes of Best-Maugard's seven "primary elements" of drawing: straight line, spiral, circle, semicircle, wavy line, "s" shape, and zigzag. The title and author are in black text on the upper spine. On the lower spine in black is [ALFRED A / KNOPF]. The center of the spine shows evidence of a removed sticker [740 / B46]. The back cover is blank with an embossed logo for BOR201 Books in the lower right corner. The interior of the front cover has a black and white book plate that has been adhered to the board. The bookplate has an image of Notre Dame and a woman painting and says [EX LIBRIS / Lois Mailou Jones / DKW]. There is a torn library book plate on the reverse back cover. There are handwritten inscriptions inside the book.
A dark green hard covered book with cloth covered spine. The front cover has a central white square with block text and three (3) triangles on either side of the first two (2) rows. The text inside the block, in black type, reads: [THE / NEW / NEGRO]. The spine has dark green triangles along the top and bottom. The title and editor are listed on the top half of the spine in black type: [THE / NEW / NEGRO / EDITED / BY / ALAIN / LOCKE]. The publisher is listed on the bottom spine in black type: [ALBERT / AND / CHARLES / BONI]. The inside covers are covered in pink paper, and are stylized with geometric shapes, figures, birds, animals, and foliage. The inside front cover has an inscription at the top of the right side writing by hand in ink: [Sam (or George) / From David. / Your need is greater than mine!]. The title page features the title, author, artist, publisher, and publication date in black type: [THE NEW NEGRO / AN INTERPRETATION / EDITED BY ALAIN LOCKE / BOOK / DECORATION / AND / PORTRAITS / BY / WINOLD / REISS / ALBERT AND CHARLES BONI / NEW YORK 1925]. Geometric triangles adorn the page at the top and bottom as well as in the center of the title. The frontispiece to the left of the title page features a color image of a woman and child. The woman wears a blue shirt and holds a baby in her proper left arm. The child wears a pink outfit and lies across the woman’s lap. The caption underneath the image in black type reads: [The Brown Madonna]. The interior pages, 452 in total, are white paper with black type and black-and-white and color illustrations throughout. The inside back cover has a stamp in black ink on the lower right that reads: [SMITHSONIAN / CURATORIAL]. The back cover features a small, central white rectangle with a stylized, geometric design.