Br Marks & Remarks

Br Marks & Remarks

Br Marks & Remarks

Br Marks & Remarks

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I am glad that it is Bruce Rogers' devices I am asked to speak about and not B. R. himself. That would be too much for me to undertake. I cannot express adequately my admiration for the man, or my delight in his work. Fortunately my opinion of his typographical accomplishments is not asked for, others with authority having done this well: Alfred Pollard's dictum, "the most vital force in modern typography"; Berkeley Updike's judgment, "the most distinguished designer of books in our time"; and Frederic Warde's happy phrase, "a prematurely old master," giving us estimates in just and adequate words. So, when I say B.R.'s "devices," of course I mean his emblematic drawings, designs or figures employed as his trade-marks, and not the "plans, schemes, tricks, contrivances, inventions," to use the dictionary words, underlying his devices in his typographical, book-making performances.

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