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The Road to Los Angeles, Black Sparrow Press edition

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Oct 16th, 2014. Artwork published in
July 1985
    Source: Image via Boy de Haas. License: All Rights Reserved.

    The Road to Los Angeles is a novel by the American writer John Fante. It was written in 1936, but was published posthumously in 1985 by Black Sparrow Press.

    Santa Fe, released by Letraset two years earlier, clearly references the Art Deco-era origins of the text. Barbara Martin used alternates such as ‘T’, ‘L, ‘g’, and ‘o’ for this cover.

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    • Santa Fe
    • Palatino




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    2 Comments on “The Road to Los Angeles, Black Sparrow Press edition”

    1. Oct 17th, 2014  10:10 am

      The digital versions — and probably also the Letraset original — offer a large number of alternates, including the swash ‘L’ and ‘T’ and the ‘o’ with mid-height connector. The only glyph that is presumably a modification by the book cover designer is the ‘g’ with long descender. Other alternates are the ‘o’ with top connector and ‘edns’ with baseline connector, which have been used in final positions here.

      In this glyph map, the swash ‘T’ is presented as an alternate ‘I’. It has been encoded in the OpenType versions by ITC/Linotype as such, too. In the Letraset 93 catalog, however, it is shown next to ‘T’.

    2. Oct 18th, 2014  12:55 am

      Thanks, Florian! Corrected my text.

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