Author font on book cover (Helene Wecker)


I'm using the inside book cover so that the fonts are clearer. I've identified the title font as Edda Pro with some stylistic alternates and customization.

I would like some help with the author and subtitle fonts; namely, the fonts for "HELENE WECKER" and "A Novel."

Thank you all in advance, and thanks again for being such an awesome community and resource.


The script looks like Adobe http://Bickham Script with an extension added off the A crossbar. The A is from the swash alternates, but the N is the normal initial.

I looked for the serif HELENE WECKER and wasn't able to ID it (yet).

- Mike Yanega

HELENE WECKER lacks earmark letters and is small scale so I can't say anything definitive. But based on what I can see it looks like something by F.W. Goudy in the ball park with his Kennerley Old Style of 1911 [now also sold as LTC Kennerley, TC Kingsley & Goudy Bookletter 1911], or one of the fonts that it influenced, including Horley Old Style, LTC Village No. 2, Village Titling, etc.

Yes, Bickham Script with an extension looks about right for the subtitle. LTC Kennerley seems to be the closest for the author font, especially if I squat down the font just a tiny bit.

Thank you, Mike and Don!

I think it's Gábor Kóthay's Incognito.

That's it Mike. Good work!

I have this in the Serif Guide, but I must not have picked the right shapes when I searched.

- Mike Yanega

As a matter of fact, I had to drop one letter (I think the K - with the K it found no matches) from the Search using your wonderful Guide and it was the only font shown.

Benni - There were all sorts of alternates for Edda and it doesn't appear that Edda Pro has that M (perhaps I missed it). The only digital version of Edda I'm aware of with all of your characters (the J and N were modified no matter what the font) is a 1992 version copyrighted by both Font Bureau and Microsoft. It was bundled with an early version of MS Publisher and never sold outside that. Which is just as well ... because the font is, interestingly, very badly made.

Ooo, thank you, Mike F. Woot!

Re Edda, yes, the M, N, and J appear to be modified--the N and J more slightly so. The M is very customized, and understandably so, since the regular M is just...ugly.

I am unimpressed with the Edda font, but what did impress me was this particular use. It's very apt and nice for this particular book cover (loved the book). I would never have given this particular font another glance if not for this cover.

Thank you all so much!

Hmmm ... what I'm saying, Benni, is that exactly that M is in the FB/MS version. It matters little, though, since the font is tough to come by legitimately and is poorly made.

Ah, yes, sorry, I misread. Edda or even Edda Pro won't be a font I'd likely buy anyway. As much as I like this cover, I can't think of too many instances where I'd want to use Edda.

Hi Mike, I agree that, based on the limited set of letters shown, Incognito is a 100% match. It seems that F. W. Goudy concealed his true identity as a reborn map making lettering artist of the 17th century!

Golems are are dumb helpless beings created from mud . Artistic representations of them are heavy and formless, i.e. without defined features.
Edda is half way there in that it is formless, but it is too cloud like. More suited to a ghost story. The cover says that there are wispy vapors of spirits hiding in the dead frozen arch, perhaps a winter of the soul after some great loss.
If that's not what the story is about, I would have chosen a heavier unstructured font for the title.
But since you loved the book, perhaps I am being too critical. Feel free to ignore my 25 cent opinion :)
BTW Golem wiki

Edda may not be entirely appropriate if the story were only about a golem, but it's also about the friendship between a golem and a jinni (genie). The jinni is more smoke-like. So, I think golem + jinni = Edda.