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The Passion of Loreen Bright Weasel by James Polk

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on May 3rd, 2020. Artwork published in .
    The Passion of Loreen Bright Weasel by James Polk
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    An early 1980s example for a book cover in the neo-Victorian style, with alternating line styles, set center-aligned in various typefaces from around 1900. Featuring Bookman Italic with its inescapable swashy “The” logotype, two styles of Windsor, the Outline set on the curve of the halo with feather and Windsor Condensed for “Loreen”, Rubens, and two lines of Binner.

    From the Bookworm:

    When Loreen Bright Weasel comes to the Montana town of Hebb to achieve her sainthood by performing good deeds for the residents, all hell breaks loose. When she performs her unwanted good deeds and “Corporate Works of Mercy” whites and Indians alike are transformed by her unasked-for-miracles. And to make her sainthood quest nearly impossible, Loreen discovers she’s pregnant. A gentle satire of religion and the West; this was the author’s first book.

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    • Windsor
    • Rubens
    • Bookman
    • Binner

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    1 Comment on “The Passion of Loreen Bright Weasel by James Polk”

    1. See the book jacket for Shockproof Sydney Skate (Little Brown & Company, 1972) by Marijane Meaker for another, earlier example of Geoffrey Hodgkinson’s work. As far as I can tell, the geometric biline letterforms are not from a typeface, but custom drawn.

      Image: Julian Montague

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