Harlequin romance novel cover typeface

I've been wracking my brain and searching my type books trying to identify the typeface regularly used on the cover of vintage Harlequin romance novels, but so far I've had no luck.

The good news is I have an extensive sample character set:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/17582217/FileChute/harlequin_sample.png

It's not Tiffany, though some of the letters are clearly close.

Does anyone have any guesses? This is driving me crazy!

Thank you in advance for any help!

donshottype's picture

Your effort to post an extensive set of letters is appreciated.
I suspect this is a font the company uses for its brand image and would not wish to see it sold or elsewhere.
Copyright laws, at least in USA, suggest that if you did get a copy of the digital data for the font it would probably be unwise to use it.
As for the base font, i.e. before the swashes, one of our typophiles may identify a spot on match. So far I have not found a full match with the spurless C & S, outbowed legs on K & R, left cusp at the apex of A, and splayed M. Your letters have some resemblance to Tiempos Headline Bold.
Don

defiantone's picture

the outbowed legs are very Benguiat.

donshottype's picture

True, & they really look out of place with the other letters.
Don

Thermidor's picture

Thank you very much for your help, Don. As disappointing as the answer might be, it makes much more sense now. And at least I know I'm not missing some obvious answer everyone else could spot in a second.

It's for a Harlequin parody, so although I still need to match the font, I can work with what I have and cobble together a few names.

Who'd have thought Harlequin Presents would be so crafty?

Thanks again for the answer. You've saved me a lot of time!

Sean

defiantone's picture

it's a large and very identifiable brand. they have a large team of creatives that run different lines within the company to make sure the appearance of their books is consistent.

donshottype's picture

You're welcome.
Happy to see that the fine art of parody still has some legs in this age of political correctness.
Don

donshottype's picture

Looking good, Thermidor!
You would have thrived in National Lampoon's salad days [1970s]. The heavy swash also fits that era. I trust there are apologies to Beatrix Potter for the tribulations of the character channeling her her bunny rabbits :)
Don

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