Licensed edition by S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, published in 1958 under the G.B. Fischer imprint named after Samuel Fischer’s son-in-law. The American original Compulsion was published by Simon and Schuster, New York, in 1956.
Jacket after a design by Paul Bacon. While latter is purely lettered, the German adaption shows type, too. Interestingly, two pretty similar styles have been used: the bold script on the front is Balzac by Johannes Boehland (Stempel, 1951), while the typeface on the back is Imre Reiner’s Mustang (Stempel, 1956). A mix-up? Or was Balzac simply not at hand in a bigger size?
The interior is set in Trump Mediäval by Georg Trump, a typeface that, according to Paul Shaw, has wrongly been overlooked, although “none of the digital versions [does] justice to its metal forebear”.