Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, first edition rulebooks
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Thanks for this addition, Andy!
Quentin was added to Filmotype’s library sometime in the second half of the 1950s. No designer is credited, but it’s likely an adaptation of a design made by Dave Davison for Photo-Lettering before 1954, named Carousel F. It was available from various manufacturers under various names.
Chances are that the specific version used for Dungeons & Dragons is Mecanorma’s Gay Nineties. Mecanorma produced dry transfer lettering sheets similar to those by Letraset. Their products were distributed in the United States by Keuffel & Esser at least since 1973. The slightly uneven spacing and alignment suggest that the cover typography was made with rub-down type – it was a popular technique in low-budget/DIY contexts. Letraset carried this design, too, under the name Quentin. However, their ampersand has a different, wider form.
I wondered where the Latin Bold Condensed might come from. As far as I can tell, this style wasn’t widely available in the 1970s. This title page might have the answer. Here, “Monster Manual” is shown in Chisel. This is an inline version, made in 1939 by cutting lines into the 19th-century Latin Bold Condensed. Chisel was very much available – it was carried by Mecanorma and Letraset, among others. I’d assume that the cover type isn’t Latin Bold Condensed, but actually a filled-in, (re-)solidified Chisel.