The Time Machine / The Island of Dr. Moreau / The Invisible Man / The First Men in the Moon / The Food of the Gods / In the Days of the Comet / The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (Heinemann/Octopus)
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I recently came across a setting that’s very similar to the title pages in The World-Famous Photo Typositor Alphabet Library, a catalog issued by the Visual Graphics Corporation in 1973. It’s included as a demonstration for the typographic possibilities offered by their Photo Typositor. I don’t know if it was an existing real-world design, or just an example made for the catalog. The caption reads:
The type for this design, Sintex 1, was set 37/64″ on cap size. The size was then reduced photographically in stages to a minimum of 50% without any filling or loss of character. It was enlarged in stages to 250%, retaining its sharpness and clarity.
Who knows, maybe that example provided the inspiration for the book design?
I believe this is from a series of anthologies published by Heinemann/Octopus/Secker & Warburg around the end of the 1970s, each collecting the major works of one author. They’re very common and you see them regularly second-hand. I have a copy of the George Orwell edition handy, and it’s not as interesting on the endpapers-it’s simply the author’s name repeated. (It’s printed in the USA and has no design credit.)
Here’s some pictures from an eBay seller.