Folk Origins of Indian Art by Curt Maury
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Well observed, David (and Emily)!
Looking at the spine only, one is inclined to say it was a conscious choice — maybe made to match the uppercase ‘O’, which is also open to the right. But then, the ‘o’ on the front cover is the standard one.
Or is this born out of necessity? Maybe this is dry-transfer lettering (was Letraset’s Columbian Italic available yet in 1969?), and the designer only had a single ‘o’ left on the sheet. That would also explain the decision to use caps for “Folk Origins”. If you look closely at the ‘T’, you can notice a small stub to the right of the stem: a remnant of the extra flourish which has broken off, or rather was omitted on purpose — another detail that could hint at dry-transfer type. The third ‘N’ is different — has it been built from parts of other glyphs, like ‘H’ and ‘X’? Oh, and ‘J’ has been used as initial ‘I’.