J. Evetts Haley’s sweeping prose and Carl Hertzog’s design and production combine in Fort Concho and the Texas Frontier (San Angelo, Tx: San Angelo Standard — Times, 1951) to perfectly match the disparate landscape of the subject. Although page margins are minimal, the use of 12-point Caledonia type with 2 points of leading between lines subtly conveys a spacious mood. While Caledonia is an appropriate typeface for an historical subject, the Legend type used in the chapter headings fits neither the period nor the locale. Yet the result is still satisfying, perhaps because it does not conform to an established standard any more than does the terrain, the climate, the inhabitants, the times, or – for that matter – the author of the book, who so convincingly brings everything together. Harold Bugbee contributed some of his finest pen-and-ink drawings to this endeavor, and the buckram binding, commendably sturdy, approximates the reddish-brown hue of Concho River mud. For reasons that defy articulation, the whole of this book, in which various typographical elements combine with extraordinary appeal, is greater than the sum of its individual parts.
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