Searching for Caleb by Anne Tyler (Berkley, 1983; Pan, 1990)
Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jan 21st, 2022. Artwork published in
3 Comments on “Searching for Caleb by Anne Tyler (Berkley, 1983; Pan, 1990)”
A De Vinne without its idiosyncratic R? I believe you showed a specimen before that featured an alternate R.
Interesting how significantly it influences the general appearance of the title. I can’t say I dislike it, though its leg seems too firmly attached to the stem; it optically carries a lot more weight than the other letters.
Interesting to see how lazy and droopy Hawthorn’s C is compared to De Vinne’s; the latter also seems to want to fall backward, but still retains balance. Hawthorn’s C seems to need the support of that leg of R to keep from falling.
The non-descending R was available as alternate in ATF’s Italic, Condensed, Extra Condensed, and Extended styles, and also in BB&S’s Bold, Compressed, and Extra Compressed. I don’t think I’ve seen it for the original style, though.
The phototype version carried by Lettergraphics/Castcraft had both forms. I agree that in this condensed style, with the added weight, the full-width non-tapering leg looks too heavy.
Talking about De Vinne’s pointed leg: I’m sure you’ll dig this Cyrillic adaptation by Woellmer, named Russische halbfette Antique – Ясвино!
Also, have you seen De Vinne Initials? Not drab at all!
… but not as pompous as Schelter & Giesecke’s Initialen Serie 268, accompanying their Romanisch:
Plenty of ideas how to ruin DJR’s plans for future extensions of the Roslindale family … ;)