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The Spy in the Ointment by Donald E. Westlake (Lancer Books)

Contributed by Jeff Vorzimmer on Aug 15th, 2020. Artwork published in .
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    Photo: Jeff Vorzimmer. License: All Rights Reserved.

    The Spy in the Ointment is a spy comedy novel by Donald E. Westlake (1933–2008). First published as hardcover in 1966 by Random House The (New York) and Boardman (London), this is the cover of the paperback edition by Lancer from 1967. The title typeface is Roxy by Victor Caruso. In 1992, Bob Alonso, a former colleague of Caruso at Photo-Lettering, made a digital interpretation named Pink Mouse (not to be confused with Papirtis Pink Mouse). The author name and the praising quote are in Cooper Black Italic with some of its swash caps.

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    1 Comment on “The Spy in the Ointment by Donald E. Westlake (Lancer Books)”

    1. A fine find! Thank you, Jeff.

      For comparison, here’s the book jacket of the first edition by Random House. The title is lettering, not a typeface. It has a similar Swingin’ Sixties vibe as Caruso Roxy.

      Image: Sparkle Books

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