Both books were designed by REM Studio, Inc., pairing the tall forms of MGB Patrician with ITC Serif Gothic, the flare-seriffed cousin of the geometric ITC Avant Garde Gothic. Patrician was designed by Don Munson, former art director of Ballantine Books, and first made available as a Typositor exclusive at Haber Typographers, NYC. In 1980, it was adopted by Letraset for dry-transfer lettering, credited to MGB Communications Ltd. In many regards, it can be regarded as a compressed relative of ITC Benguiat.
Published by Persea Books, New York. Hardback and softcover editions use the same basic design. The interiors (not pictured) were typeset in Century Oldstyle by ComCom, Allentown, PA.