Monday, February 26, 2007

The early 1950s Gollancz cover for Finistere in this group is clearly on the line between the 'newspaper' wrapper of the genre of the Benson books above and the beginnings of the really interesting stuff which came out of Gollancz when they burst into yellow (see below). But I had to stop off at Faber and Faber. The study of Walter de la Mare by Forrest Reid is so early it's not even Faber and Faber, it's Faber and Gwyer. But I love the photographic element which seems to say at one and the same time - treat this like newspaper - and - actually you might want to keep this. The type is beautifully understated in red and black. The other two Forrest Reid titles are classic Faber and Faber, the typography is crisp, large, usually in two colours and using both upper and lower case founts for separate words. The wonder of these bold typographic covers which Faber became so famous for is that they say so clearly, there is nothing in our books except words but it is the words that are important. They remind me of nothing more than tombstone engravings.

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