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JAWS by Peter Benchley, Doubleday edition

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on May 4th, 2017. Artwork published in .
    Source: 1st Editions and Antiquarian Books. License: All Rights Reserved.

    First edition, first printing, published by Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York, 1974.

    The bold sans serif caps used for the title are very likely lettering, featuring a ‘W’ made of an overlapping double ‘V’ which may evoke shark teeth (albeit blunt ones). The rest of the jacket is set in tight-not-touching ITC Souvenir Light, a staple in 1970s typography. The typeface used on the spine of the cover as well as on the title page is Greco negro, the bold weight of a family originally issued by the Spanish Gans foundry in the mid 1920s. For digital options, see Bristol by FontHaus (caps only) or Bitstream’s Melina (less authentic). The interior is in W.A. Dwiggins’ Caledonia.

    See also Quentin’s contribution about the first UK edition by Andre Deutsch.

    Source: Henry Gardiner, Bookseller. License: All Rights Reserved.
    Source: Ernestoic Books and Bindery (edited). License: All Rights Reserved.
    Source: Medium Rare Books (edited). License: All Rights Reserved.


    • ITC Souvenir
    • Greco (Gans)
    • Caledonia



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    2 Comments on “JAWS by Peter Benchley, Doubleday edition”

    1. Nick Sherman says:
      May 4th, 2017  9:17 pm

      Though the relationship isn’t as direct, it seems also worth mentioning a vague similarity between the title lettering for the book (and subsequent film) and Gill Kayo.

    2. May 5th, 2017  8:26 am

      Cool to see another edition of that book!

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