2666 by Roberto Bolaño (Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Picador)
2666 is the last novel by Roberto Bolaño. It was released in 2004, a year after Bolaño’s death. […] An English-language translation by Natasha Wimmer was published in the United States in 2008, by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the United Kingdom in 2009, by Picador.— Wikipedia
Charlotte Strick simultaneously designed both the hardcover edition and a boxed set of paperbacks. The typography is composed from scanned wood type and Facade. This very narrow face was originally issued by the Boston Type Foundry in three styles; Facade (by John F. Cumming, c. 1882), Facade Condensed (by Julius Herriet jun.), and Facade Condensed No. 2 with added lowercase. The latter was digitally revived by Steve Matteson for Monotype. The wood type used for the wide numerals is not identified. Among digital fonts, Colt Soft comes somewhat close.
On Faceout Books, Strick has shared some insights into the process:
Roberto Bolaño has a very literary, underground fan base that appears to be growing. It’s a designer’s dream to have a mysterious, numerical title to work with. I was a big fan of Rodrigo Corral’s jacket design solution for The Savage Detectives (FSG, 2007), so that made it an even greater challenge to take on what is considered by many to be the late author’s “magnum opus”.
[…] My process began with considering the numbers and how to create them. An early exploration used a spray painted technique that felt cold. I also played around with the idea of using three different typefaces for each “6” to reflect the multi-layered plot line and three paperbacks in the special slipcase edition, but that looked overly complicated and hard to read. Ideally, I didn’t want to use a digital typeface, so I was pleased to discover the woodcut face that eventually made its way onto the final designs. The numbers appear in different ways, vertical, horizontal, and stacked in two columns on the various surfaces of the designs. On the three paperbacks the horizontal numerals move down the stack as you move through the volumes. The title is both monumental and meaningless; Bolaño seems to be having fun with us.
The cardboard slipcase again features Facade (for the author name) and the wood type numerals. The blurbs on the back appear to be in Akzidenz-Grotesk breit halbfett, or Bold Extended. Strick comments:
The box […] is stripped quite bare and aside from the barcode, the type only prints in red. I wanted it to feel like you were pulling these books out of a generic-sort of brown paper bag. I love how the texture of the cardboard shows through all of the red type. The slipcase is foil stamped, and we simulated that effect on the paperbacks and hardcover edition by spot glossing the author name and title type.