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Stefan Zweig series (Pushkin Press)

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Feb 24th, 2019. Artwork published in
circa 2012
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    Beware of Pity (hardback), 2012.
    Source: https://www.pushkinpress.com Pushkin Press. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Beware of Pity (hardback), 2012.

    Beware of Pity (hardback), 2012.
    Source: https://www.pushkinpress.com Pushkin Press. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Beware of Pity (paperback), 2013.

    To read anything by Zweig is to risk addiction; in this collection the power of his writing-which, with its unabashed intensity and narrative drive, made him one of the bestselling and most acclaimed authors in the world-is clear and irresistible. — Pushkin Press

    Translated from German by Anthea Bell. Published by Pushkin Press. The covers were designed by Nathan Burton.

    The typography for this series uses Lunda Modern (1998) Stefan Hattenbach’s revival of Karl Erik Forsberg’s italic Lunda (1941). [edit: On second look, it appears to be another (custom) version of Lunda, see comments.]

    Beware of Pity (hardback), 2012.
    Source: https://www.pushkinpress.com Pushkin Press. License: All Rights Reserved.

    The Collected Stories (hardback), 2013.

    Beware of Pity (hardback), 2012.
    Source: https://www.pushkinpress.com Pushkin Press. License: All Rights Reserved.

    The World of Yesterday (hardback), 2014.

    Beware of Pity (hardback), 2012.
    Source: https://www.pushkinpress.com Pushkin Press. License: All Rights Reserved.

    The Collected Novellas (hardback), 2015. In this illustration, Lunda also appears with upright letterforms. In this form, it resembles Corvinus or Quirinus (cf. Carrie Hamilton’s design for Giants of Jazz, 2004).

    Beware of Pity (hardback), 2012.
    Source: https://www.pushkinpress.com Pushkin Press. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Shooting Stars (paperback), 2015.

    Beware of Pity (hardback), 2012.
    Source: https://www.pushkinpress.com Pushkin Press. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Fantastic Night (paperback), 2015.

    Beware of Pity (hardback), 2012.
    Source: https://www.pushkinpress.com Pushkin Press. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman (paperback), 2016.

    Beware of Pity (hardback), 2012.
    Source: https://www.pushkinpress.com Pushkin Press. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Confusion (paperback), 2017.

    Beware of Pity (hardback), 2012.
    Source: https://www.pushkinpress.com Pushkin Press. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Amok (paperback), 2017.

    Beware of Pity (hardback), 2012.
    Source: https://www.pushkinpress.com Pushkin Press. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Burning Secret (paperback), 2017.

    Beware of Pity (hardback), 2012.
    Source: https://www.pushkinpress.com Pushkin Press. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Journeys (paperback), 2019.

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    2 Comments on “Stefan Zweig series (Pushkin Press)”

    1. Feb 24th, 2019  7:49 pm

      Some of the spacing looked unbalanced. I took a closer look at Lunda Modern to check if that’s in the font. The image below shows details from a cover (left) and a resetting in Lunda Modern (right):

      Turned out it’s not Lunda Modern! Burton must have used a different version of Lunda which stays closer to the original, see e.g. N or s. Maybe his own digitization?

    2. Feb 27th, 2019  6:21 am

      Update: The method used here is an indirect one. The letterforms are typographic, but the arrangement is manual – it’s the digital equivalent of doing dry-transfer lettering with Letraset sheets. Via email, Nathan Burton tells me that his version of Lunda exists as a hi-res bitmap from a scanned specimen page:

      “Each letter of each title needed to be cut and pasted together. It’s a time consuming process but I like the rounded edges and imperfections you get doing it this way rather than a perfect and sharp finish of a digital font. Having said that, if I had known that a digital version of Lunda existed, laziness might have won out as I hadn’t realised how many of Stefan Zweig books Pushkin had planned to publish!”

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