Cover of the original French edition of Simon Durville’s Le que suis-je … et le qui es-tu? (“What am I … and who are you?”), published by Stock in Paris, 1972, with illustrations by Jean-Jacques Boyer. The cover design is credited to Pierre Faucheux (1924–1999).
For the title, Faucheux selected Sans Serif Shaded, featuring its distinctive Q. The playful chromatic setting includes type in a glyph, a wavy hyphen, and alternating colors for the first three words. The shaded caps are combined with Helvetica, a question mark from Cooper Black, and a red manicule of unknown origin (pointing to a charted face of a man who appears to very skeptical about the whole matter). Below the title, there are two handwriting samples with the same text – l’écriture, le visage, les mains, les astres, les rêves … des tests … un jeu (“handwriting, face, hands, stars, dreams … tests … a game”) – and various symbols sandwiching the publisher’s name.
The book covers various topics intended to get a better understanding of oneself and of others – albeit through pseudoscientific and esoteric means, from dream analysis to physiognomy, palmistry, graphology, and astrology.
2 Comments on “Le que suis-je … et le qui es-tu by Simon Durville (Stock, 1972)”
The “charted face of a man who appears to be very skeptical about the whole matter” seems to me like a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci…
Absolutely! I couldn’t find a perfect match, but these two anatomical studies are definitely related.