What is it?

pilwiz's picture

Hello,
I am currently reading and thoroughly enjoying Robert Bringhurst's "The Elements of Typographic Style". I am curious to find out what family of type was used for the cover title. Can anyone help?
Thanks

HVB's picture

Without an image it's hard to tell - particularly if the people you're asking don't have a copy of whatever it is you have. I happen to have a copy, but have no idea whether it's the same edition, or the same printing, or whether the hardback, or its dust jacket and the paperback versions are the same.

[Just giving you a hard time!] MY copy, which is the paperback edition, Version 3.1, published by Hartley and Marks, printed by C&C in Hong Kong, appears to have the book title in some version of ALCUIN or Alcuin Light.


It's surprising that the colophon doesn't include the book cover information.
- Herb

hrant's picture

What an embarrassing font to use on a book that aims to be perennially typographic.

hhp

HVB's picture

@hrant: Bringhurst calls Alcuin "admirable" in his first reference, where he's suggesting fonts designed by women (in this case, Gudrun Zapf-von Hesse). He later decribes it as "a strong and graceful Carolingian face". So I doubt that Bringhurst would find its use embarrassing. YMMV.

- Herb

hrant's picture

Well duh.

hhp

pilwiz's picture

Thanks for the info. That is the same typeface as is on my edition, version 3.2. the author's name is in the italic, I assume?

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