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The Iliad of Homer, The University of Chicago Press

Contributed by Dan Reynolds on Mar 20th, 2017. Artwork published in
circa 1961
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    This paperback edition of Richard Lattimore’s translation of the Iliad was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1961 (the book’s hardcover edition had been published ten years earlier). The paperback’s interior pages don’t match the cover’s design exactly—those seem to me to be set in Monotype Bembo. Unfortunately no designers are credited within the book, either for the shape of the text or the design of the cover.

    On this cover design, the words “Iliad,” “Homer,” and “Richard Lattimore” are set with Michelangelo. Note the alternate ‘R’. The italic used for the smaller lines of text reading “Translated and with an Introduction by” have some details in common with Monotype’s Arrighi Italic (i.e., Centaur Italic), like the long ascenders or the ‘y’. Judging from ‘w’ and ‘a’, though, it is probably Cancelleresca Bastarda, designed by Jan van Krimpen for Enschedé.

    This 1961 paperback would seem to be a relatively-early example of Michelangelo in-use by a client in the United States. The titling face Michelangelo was designed by Hermann Zapf to match his Palatino typeface, at the D. Stempel AG typefoundry of Frankfurt am Main (West Germany).


    • Michelangelo
    • Cancelleresca Bastarda




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