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“Russian Rubens”, Bantam Books

Photo(s) by “Steve”. Imported from Flickr on May 11, 2015. Artwork published in
circa 1964
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    The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Bantam Books RC4424, 1970. Cover Artist: unknown

    Three cover designs from the American publishing house Bantam Books — two books by Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–1881), and one anti-Communist spy novel — united by the typeface. Bantam must have believed that Rubens had a Cyrillic or Russian “feel”. Apparently, the Fonderie Typographique Française did so, too: Their version of Rubens was named Moscovites.

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    Three Short Novels (Poor Folk, The Double, The Eternal Husband) by [Fyodor] Dostoevsky, Bantam Books QC5728, 1970. Cover Artist: unknown

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    Judgment on Deltchev by Eric Ambler, Bantam Books F2781, 1964. Cover artist: Mitchell Hooks

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    2 Comments on ““Russian Rubens”, Bantam Books”

    1. May 13th, 2015  9:01 am

      Bantam was not the only publisher to link Rubens to “Russianness”, see Pushkin by Ernest J. Simmons, Vintage Russian Library V-744, 1964 (Cover Artist: Robert Korn).

      The version of Rubens that has been used for these covers appears to the one by Photo-Lettering. Unlike the metal original, its ‘M’ doesn’t have a diamond at the central vertex, and the ‘G’ has only a flared terminal in place of a bar — among other things. The same shapes are shown in the Solotype catalog.

    2. May 14th, 2015  8:19 am

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