Licensed edition by S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 1958. 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 [do] justice to its metal forebear”.
Paul Shaw: “Georg Trump has pulled off a miracle: an italic that is open, flowing and dynamic […] This is an italic that you can use to set large chunks of text without fear of tiring the reader’s eyes”.
Note the use of tracking as a means of emphasis within italics: ‘muß’ (line 6 of the last paragraph).