Maurice de Guérin / The Centaur.

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Creator

Bruce Rogers (1870–1958)

Title

Maurice de Guérin / The Centaur.

Publisher

privately printed

Date

1915

Coverage

Montague

Subject

Quarto

Description

William Morris had a tremendous influence on typography. Among the currents of Morris’ thinking that succeeding typographers followed was the idea of adapting an early typeface. The great American book designer Bruce Rogers was inspired by Morris to create books employing old typefaces.

Rogers made his first attempt at producing his ideal Jenson-revival type around 1900. Dissatisfied with the result, he began work on a new Jenson-inspired roman. Taking pains to correct the errors he perceived in the earlier font, Rogers created a masterpiece of type design; one which Robert Grabhorn called “the finest roman of them all.”

About a dozen copies of The Centaur (including the one displayed here) were hand-ruled in red.

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