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Imagining America (1991) and Visions of America (1993), Persea Books

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jun 2nd, 2020. Artwork published in
circa 1991
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    Cover photograph by Philip Pocock of a wall mural by Burnett Hord, Jr., Liberty Welcomes All.
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    Cover photograph by Philip Pocock of a wall mural by Burnett Hord, Jr., Liberty Welcomes All.

    Cover and title page design for Imagining America. Stories from the Promised Land (1991), a multicultural anthology of American fiction edited by Wesley Brown & Amy Ling, with stories written by authors of diverse cultural backgrounds. The same typography was also used for the non-fiction companion, Visions of America. Personal Narratives from the Promised Land (1993).

    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.

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    Cover photograph by Philip Pocock of a wall mural by Burnett Hord, Jr., Manhattan Underground.
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    Cover photograph by Philip Pocock of a wall mural by Burnett Hord, Jr., Manhattan Underground.

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    • MGB Patrician
    • ITC Serif Gothic

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    1 Comment on “Imagining America (1991) and Visions of America (1993), Persea Books”

    1. Here’s MGP Patrician (Mazama, a digitization by Harris Design) compared to ITC Benguiat Condensed Medium (ITC’s digital version):

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