Manifestoes of Surrealism by André Breton, paperback edition
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Thank you, Benjamin!
You tracked down most of the typeface IDs – well done! I’ve added a few more that appear in the poem. For those who want to take a closer look, there’s a digitization of this edition at the Internet Archive.
I’m not sold on the ID of Helvetica Compressed for the author’s name. It’s not quite bold enough, and has more contrast. If this is Helvetica Compressed, then in redrawn form with added weight. I don’t have a better suggestion either. The comparison below shows Filmotype Gaucho, slanted. That face is not a match either, at least in this digitization by Castcraft. Maybe it’s simply lettering.
Thanks, Florian! Great catch on Vulcan Bold Italic. I had thought that line “The most beautiful straws” was some variation on Bernhard-Kursiv, but of course you’re right.
I’m noticing that the unidentified sans could possibly be Photo-Lettering’s Lenox Hill series. the third volume of Alphabet Thesaurus from 1971 indexes Lenox Hill with the contour, open and shaded styles.
But here is a sample of Lenox Hill 10 and 11 on page 101 if you want to figure this out:
Have any thoughts Flo and the dudes?
It’s definitely a reasonable suggestion, and a likely candidate! Lenox Hill – a vast series – does offer styles in the right weights. Its bold condensed styles have the straight sided rounds with the narrow counters and an R with curved leg. Unlike Gaucho, they also feature ink traps in the N and an E with short bold bars, with the middle one sitting clearly above the center – like on the book cover. With the distortion, no lowercase letters, and limited samples to compare against, it’s difficult to say for sure. But yes, Lenox Hill is the best suggestion so far. I’ve added it. Thanks, Jay.
Here’s a page with five weights of Lenox Hill Condensed, from the Alphabet Thesaurus Vol. 2 (1965). The Condensed 10 weight could be a match for “BRETON”. It did come with an R with curved leg – the sample for the bolder 11 shows both available forms for this letter.