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Zwang by Meyer Levin, G.B.Fischer

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jul 16th, 2014. Artwork published in .
    Zwang by Meyer Levin, G.B.Fischer 1
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

    Licensed edition by S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 1958. The American original Compulsion was published by Simon and Schuster, New York, in 1956.

    Jacket after a design by Paul Bacon. While latter is purely lettered, the German adaption shows type, too. Interestingly, two pretty similar styles have been used: the bold script on the front is Balzac by Johannes Boehland (Stempel, 1951), while the typeface on the back is Imre Reiner’s Mustang (Stempel, 1956). A mix-up? Or was Balzac simply not at hand in a bigger size?

    The interior is set in Trump Mediäval by Georg Trump, a typeface that, according to Paul Shaw, has wrongly been overlooked, although “none of the digital versions [do] justice to its metal forebear”.

    Trump Mediäval small caps and italics
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

    Trump Mediäval small caps and italics

    Trump Mediäval small caps and italics
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

    Chapter opening in small caps. The right-aligned number is probably from Palatino.

    Trump Mediäval small caps and italics
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

    Paul Shaw: “Georg Trump has pulled off a miracle: an italic that is open, flowing and dynamic […] This is an italic that you can use to set large chunks of text without fear of tiring the reader’s eyes”.
    Note the use of tracking as a means of emphasis within italics: ‘muß’ (line 6 of the last paragraph).

    Trump Mediäval small caps and italics
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

    Italics, small caps, guillemets. There are ligatures for ‘fi’, ‘fl’, ‘ft’ (and ‘ff’, not pictured), but also for ‘ch’ and ‘ck’. Note the compact umlaut in ‘Überlegenheit’ (next-to-last paragraph).

    Zwang by Meyer Levin, G.B.Fischer 6
    Photo: Florian Hardwig. License: CC BY-NC-SA.

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    • Balzac
    • Mustang
    • Trump Mediaeval

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