Bruce Rogers, Designer of Books

Bruce Rogers, Designer of Books

Bruce Rogers, Designer of Books

Bruce Rogers, Designer of Books

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Nearly a decade has passed since Mr. Bruce Rogers last visited England, his position among the foremost living typographers already established within the circle of those who talk about printing. In the intervening years the coming of peace has widened this circle with extraordinary rapidity. Men's thoughts, tired of the clumsy businesses of death, have turned gratefully to those forms of Art where minute differences, fine details, may be handled with precision and made to seem important. None of the arts is more concerned with minutiæ than is book design. From the proportionate weight of the smallest type-face to the plan of the binding, there is no least detail which can be altered without altering the colour and feeling of the whole work; and typographic criticism, especially of the more speculative kind, is at its best and most fruitful upon some apparently microscopic point. Whether or not this fact may explain the growth of post-war interest in the study and collection of fine typography, the truth remains that general interest . . .

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