An independent archive of typography.

Voyage to a Forgotten Sun by Donald J. Pfeil (Ballantine)

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Aug 18th, 2021. Artwork published in
January 1975
Voyage to a Forgotten Sun by Donald J. Pfeil (Ballantine) 1
Source: John Thompson. License: All Rights Reserved.

Voyage to a Forgotten Sun is the first novel by Californian science fiction writer Donald J. Pfeil (1937–1989). It was published in 1975 by Ballantine Books. Both the front and the back cover of the first edition make striking use of Yagi Bold. On the former, the typeface is integrated into the cover art by Bob Pepper, with the title partly set on a curve, and its biline letterforms echoing the concentric circles of the sun/halo. Teruoki Yagi gave his typeface two forms for N, both of which have been used here. On the back, Yagi Bold is used for a big quote, with the inline filled in yellow. The serif used for “A rousing space opera” as well as for the excerpt and the author info is unidentified.

From the back cover:

“May you rot forever in your seventh hell!” Trader Zim heard the sentence, but he didn’t believe it – 20 years in isolation on some god-forsaken Class-IV planet. Hadn’t he been warned about the strict laws on Standra? Didn’t he know an underground smuggling operation was sure to be discovered? Now he was doomed to rot in jail … unless he agreed to accompany the President of Earth back to his home planet. The mission was fraught with unknown dangers, but a wily Trader could always think of something …

[More info on ISFDB]

Voyage to a Forgotten Sun by Donald J. Pfeil (Ballantine) 2
Source: License: All Rights Reserved.


  • Yagi Double
  • unidentified typeface
  • Helvetica




Artwork location

Post a comment