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Alcoholics Anonymous "The Big Book" dust wrapper 1st 1954 typeface

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I need the typeface (if one) as used on the dust wrapper of the first edition of AA's "The Big Book" published in 1954.




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Watching it closely and knowing the year I would say it’s a nice piece of Lettering, not a typeface/font. Besides the two different “l” I think I can see very small differences between the same letters… would be better to know with a bigger sample.

Ronde Script and Typo Upright are kind of similar in style but not so condensed.

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George Thomas

@Ignacio is absolutely correct about it being lettering. That was just the way many things were done during those years, and as he said, there are numerous small differences.

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Thanks for the replies. We were doubtful whether it was a typeface or not especially as it appears just on the dust wrapper. But we thought there might be a typeface that lay behind the lettering that acted as inspiration.



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Riccardo Sartori
11 hours ago, chiollagh said:

there might be a typeface that lay behind the lettering that acted as inspiration.

Nowadays the opposite would be most probable.

11 hours ago, chiollagh said:

Grand Hotel has been suggested as a typeface similar to the lettering used.

While the shape of the letter is similar, it lacks the stroke modulation (thick/thin).

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