Irrespective of one’s definition what exactly constitutes a release, this dust jacket is an early use of ITC Tiffany. The book byDonald McCormick (written as Richard Deacon) was published by Taplinger in 1974.
Ed Benguiat designed Tiffany as “a merge of two typefaces, Caxton and Ronaldson”, both of which originated in the 1880s. This ancestry is visible in the long angled serifs and the R’s leg that pierces through the counter. What these 19th-century typefaces didn’t have is a wide range of weights. The uncredited jacket designer contrasted Tiffany’s two extreme weights, Heavy and Light, both used in all caps. With a typeface so strong and full of flavor, they needed nothing else.
Today, Ed Benguiat would have turned 95 – happy birthday!
From the inner flap:
In this book, which will particularly interest readers of John Barron’s KGB, Richard Deacon successfully attempts the almost impossible, for the Chinese Secret Service is so secret there are some who do not believe it exists. It seldom surfaces and there are very few defectors and very few captured agents. Accordingly, the author established his own private intelligence network, called Operation Jackdaw. Using reports from his many ‘spies’, much thoro research, and interviews with defectors and many other Chinese, Mr. Deacon has pieced together an absorbing picture of the tremendous ramifications of the Chinese Intelligence – little of which has ever appeared in print before.