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.
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.
Othello, a relative of Rubens, used for Russian music:
Contributed by Stephen Coles
Photo(s) by “Alexis Orloff” on Flickr.
Contributed by Jo Bailey
Contributed by Nick Sherman