The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (Harper & Row)
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Thank you for this addition, Roland!
“The Harper & Row edition is overdue, but very welcome and handsomely done. It has one of the best jacket designs (by Amy Isbey Duevell) I have ever seen.” — Robert Scholes in his review for the New York Times, April 11, 1971.
Davida appears to have become the inofficial Bell Jar typeface. Duevell’s choice was picked up by Bantam Books for their mid-1970s paperback edition (as well as for another book by Plath), which was previously posted to Fonts In Use.
As Roland has pointed out, Davida is also used on the cover of the Perennial Classics edition (HarperPerennial, 2000, design by Marc Cohen). The hatched pink letters seem to be traced directly from the 1971 cover shown above, see the relative position of the stacked letters, and especially the warped R. By contrast, their 2005 trade paperback edition (designer unknown) shows a resetting, using a digitization of Davida.
HarperPerennial, 2000, design by Marc Cohen.
HarperPerennial, 2005, designer unknown.