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JacquesHard

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JacquesHard

Hi guys! I've been trying to identify the font used on the bookcovers of "The Life Trilogy" by David Attenborough (1985), but with no success so far... Can someone please help me out?

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JacquesHard

Anybody's guess?

 

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Greg Yerbury

I have looked at similar fonts URW Classico, Optima etc close but no cigar. 

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JacquesHard

yeah, some of the letters reminds me of either Metro or Peignot.

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Riccardo Sartori

A glyphic design with some distinctive lowercase letters (|f|g|t|) and very round counters.

After extensive research, I haven’t found a match. Whatever it is, it doesn’t seem to have been transitioned to digital.

A possible, less quirky, alternative could be the fairly recent (2015) Clasica Sans.

 

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JacquesHard

Good alternative! 

Better than the one I found (Quinta Light)...

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Why don't you think that it has been digitalized?

 

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Ralf Herrmann
23 minutes ago, JacquesHard said:

Why don't you think that it has been digitalized?

Because we would have probably found it by now if it were. 😉 

It might be worth to ask the designer of Classica Sans where the inspiration came from. I think there is a very good chance it is based on the phototypesetting font used for the books. 

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JacquesHard

Good idea. I’ve just done that!

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Kevin Thompson

I think it may be Stettler, by Wayne Stettler, and it has not been digitized.

Referenced here by Stephen Coles in a discussion of Clasica Sans.

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Riccardo Sartori
5 hours ago, Kevin Thompson said:

I’m not sure if it is available for purchase

Apparently custom for the City of Melbourne.

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Greg Yerbury

It is a typeface that, I think, should have a commercial revival, as it is quite distinctive. 

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Kevin Thompson

I sent an email to the folks at Letterbox, for whom Heather Walker did the digitization. They said they had concluded that a commercial release would require permission of Wayne’s estate (he died in 2011); they might consider publishing the design if that could be achieved.

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Greg Yerbury

That is a fair and good thing to do but I suspect not needed legally. 

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