Imagine you meticulously drew a new typeface and as soon as it’s released, a user specifies it like this:
Squeezed. Slanted. And very tightly spaced. Oh, and for the author’s name, please double down on that slanting – because you can that with phototype, can’t you? While you’re at it, scale down the C, but don’t worry about optical compensation.
The name of the culprit is not quite clear: the book design is credited to Carl Weiss, but that usually applys to the interior only. The jacket art is by Robert Shore, but did he specify the typography, or was he exclusively responsible for the bright dabs of paint? If it’s this Robert Shore, then probably the latter. To close on a positive note, I do like the fact that isolated swashes were used as separators on the spine.
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Patreeko pointed out that McKuen’s Lonesome Cities from 1968 used slanted Art Nouveau, too, together with Kalligraphia.