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Ben Brundell

Hello again, Richard, after a long absence!

I can't say what this *is* but I can say what it *isn't*.

I think that Curwen Sans was made for and only used by the Curwen Press, so I doubt that Whitefriars Press would have been able to use it.

Metro looks right, but this would have been cast by a line casting machine; rather than in individual character. So it would have been really difficult to mix type in a case with type cast on a long metal slug.

What about Stephenson, Blake's Granby? http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/efscangraphic/granby-sb/bold/

Finally, there are a number of 'variants' within Gill: an alternative 'Q' and 'W', and the initial versions of Gill included a zero that looked more like an 'o' than '0'.


Exciting developments: Two emails in. One from Alan Spain (you know, Alan-Amazing Covers For Ed McBain And Other Things-Spain)…

"I can't imagine how this got past Hans Schmoller, I'm sure it must have fallen on the comp room floor, picked up and put in the wrong case, the choice of typefaces available to typographers were very limited. Check out some old printers type lists, it's there somewhere."

And then, one from Penguin Collectors' Society Chairman Tim Graham:

"Fascinating Feed Blitz this morning on Forster's A Room with a View. I've forwarded it to Steve Hare to see if he's ever come across this error and will let you know the results. It is extraordinary that it slipped past Hans Schmoller's eagle eye. This is certainly worth a Collection Point in the next issue of The Penguin Collector. Would you be willing to write a short piece?"

And what's particularly exciting is Tim G's in town next week so we're hoping to meet up.


Here's a crazy thought: what if the erroneous A was actually an intentional attempt to better match the pointy V that follows?



It's an crazy and fantastic thought. I am very much interested to follow this type of this..

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