Ethnic Groups in Comparative Perspective is a series of books edited by Peter Isaac Rose and published by Random House between 1970 and 1974 in at least seven volumes.
For the covers, designer John Murello worked with a typeface that was made available only the year before, in 1969. It’s Eightway, a collaboration between Milton Glaser and George Leavitt. Leavitt is credited with the lettering execution for most of Glaser’s typeface designs issued through Photo-Lettering. Eightway is the only one to include his name alongside Glaser’s: the all-caps sans with the eightway shadow is listed as Glaser-Leavitt Eightway in the catalogs by the New York typesetting company. Is this because Leavitt here provided more creative input than with Glaser Stencil, Baby Teeth, Baby Fat? Or is it an acknowledgment that he had to draw so many different variations to bring the concept to life?
Murello built a typographic pattern by listing the various ethnic groups in two opposing Outline styles from the Eightway series, the Southeast and the Northwest. Just like the type styles, each of the groups is unique and may come from a different direction, but in the end, they are all cut from the same cloth.