The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
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This version of Bookman is the one that Mark Simonson calls “Sixties Bookman”, see the specimen pdf for his Bookmania. By 1970, this uncredited design was the most ubiquitous Bookman.
Letraset Revue came with a descending alternate ‘S’, but it doesn’t have the returning loop that is present here. The descending ‘k’ is most likely customized. So are other details like the length of the ‘t’ bar.
Thanks for the details about Revue! With so many books coming out in this series over a period of years, that font was an integral part of the texture of childhood for a generation of readers.
Mark Simonson’s reference to Sixties Bookman was the closest I could get to identifying this one, but I wasn’t sure. I’m happy the search led me to Bookmania, and I enjoyed his thoughtful notes about its development.
I am 73. I still remember Walter Farley’s books with pleasure. I love both the Black Stallion series and the Island Stallion series. If you have not read the Island Stallion, take it from me: you won’t regret reading them.