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An Honest Living by Dwyer Murphy

Contributed by XYZ Type on Dec 16th, 2022. Artwork published in
July 2022
An Honest Living by Dwyer Murphy 1
Source: Viking. License: All Rights Reserved.

Dave Litman’s book jacket for An Honest Living features custom lettering (cut out with an X-Acto knife and loosely based on FF DIN Condensed Bold, the designer explained by email) and lightly-distressed Cortado, with Adobe Garamond for supporting text.

The noir crime novel features a missing antiquarian bookseller in mid-2000s Brooklyn. From the official description:

Set against the backdrop of New York at the tail end of the analog era and immersed in the worlds of literature and bookselling, An Honest Living is a gripping story of artistic ambition, obsession, and the small crimes we commit against one another every day.

An Honest Living by Dwyer Murphy 2
Source: David Litman. License: All Rights Reserved.


  • FF DIN
  • Cortado
  • Adobe Garamond




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