Which classic book cover uses this typeface?
June 10, 2016 6:26 PM   Subscribe

I'm going nuts trying to remember which piece of classic literature/famous book cover uses Lydian: https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mti/lydian-mt/pro/

My two best guesses, Mockingbird and The Good Earth, were close-ish (not very), but the famous cover I'm thinking of uses this exact font. It was designed in 1938, if that helps to narrow it down... The O, S, and R in particular are triggering the memory.
posted by tschichold to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Sorry, here's the link.
posted by tschichold at 6:28 PM on June 10, 2016


Here's a gallery of Lydian in use. Maybe Finnegan's Wake?
posted by bluecore at 6:32 PM on June 10, 2016 [3 favorites]


Finnegan's Wake?
posted by eschatfische at 6:32 PM on June 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


Well, I'm going to assume it wasn't that famous novelization of Friends.

Finnegan's Wake seems most likely, but I'm going to put the lesser known classic, John Fante's Ask the Dust, out there as a candidate (1, 2).
posted by nightrecordings at 6:43 PM on June 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


Also kind of out there, but you mentioned O, S and R in particular as triggering your memory: John Dos Passos' Number One.
posted by nightrecordings at 7:08 PM on June 10, 2016


Ah, Homer Price for me.
posted by mean square error at 7:21 PM on June 10, 2016 [3 favorites]


Nancy Drew covers? E.g. here
posted by MadamM at 7:53 PM on June 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


Beverly Cleary's books used this font. I believe it to be fairly common for books of the mid-20th C.
posted by a lungful of dragon at 10:32 PM on June 10, 2016


Tanakh?
posted by bq at 10:43 PM on June 10, 2016


I remember this one from Alan Paton books re South Africa. At my house, Cry the Beloved Country used Lydian, but I see Paton's book has been reprinted >50 times, so the chances you saw it as well as fairly slim.
posted by Jesse the K at 4:41 PM on June 11, 2016


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