1970s font, similar to Playbill

Colophony's picture

I'm trying to match the font from an old book cover. It stumped our resident font expert. It seems to be somewhere between Playbill and Rockwell. I'm hoping one of you will recognize it.

Thanks in advance!

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donshottype's picture

Note that the serif is bracketed, i.e. the linking stroke between the stem and the square serif is curved. This letterform is named after the Clarendon Press, where it was used from the mid-19th century onwards. Robert Besley is usually given credit for the design. A vast number of Clarendon variations have been designed since then.
I would describe the book title font as something like Clarendon Black Narrow Condensed. Don't know what you mean as an "old" book cover but the letters it may be something from the font photo composition era. The treatment in the title pushes the limits of how far whitespace can be squeezed with the Clarendon design. I expect that a digital designer has also tried this and released it as a font, perhaps under a name other than Clarendon, which is registered by Adobe. Perhaps this will jog the memory of one of our typophiles.
Don

Colophony's picture

Thanks for getting the ball rolling. By "old" I mean predating my birth. Your mileage may vary. :-)

I scanned the cover of the fourth printing of the book (1977) to give you the image sample, although I presume that the same typeface was used for the first printing in 1967.

defiantone's picture

hm. a quick search leads me to Egyptienne Bold Condensed. if a fatter cut is available it might be nicer, or you can just feed it some candy & enfatten it yourself.

oldnick's picture

Jodie,

Back in the day, there was another cut named Egyptian Bold Condensed which matches this sample. I am not aware of a digitization of the face, though...

donshottype's picture

Very easy to make the exact font by editing Clarendon Black. The results of a fairly short editing session:


But I still hope for you that somebody has already done this for the full font.
Don

donshottype's picture

Not an exact match, but very close Egyptian Bold Condensed Designed by Tetterode Foundry in about 1820.
Don

Colophony's picture

Thank you, all!

(And I think I need to stock up on some candy to fatten up my fonts.)

donshottype's picture

You're welcome.
don

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