The Mystery of the Dune Font -

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words set in Davison Art Nouveau ranges from sober to discreetly flowery to full-blown carnivalesque. That’s one reason this face isn’t easy to track down – it can take on so many different appearances. The other reason is that it was exclusive to PLINC. And PLINC was a service provider, not a font retailer. You couldn’t buy or license a copy of Art Nouveau. If you wanted to have some text set in this font, you had to place an order at their Manhattan office at 216 East 45th Street, in person or by phone or post.

At the cross-section of science-fiction and literary history is this fun investigation into the secret identity of one of the most iconic book covers of all time. Fun read.

Mystery of the Dune Font -