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THE NOBLEST ROMAN: A HISTORY OF THE CENTAUR TYPES OF BRUCE ROGERS. Jerry Kelly and Misha Beletsky. David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc., Boston, 2016. 128 pp. 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9781567925821 In English.
Due date: September 2016. Publisher's description: Roughly fifteen years after Gutenburg printed the first book in Maintz in 1455, Nicolas Jenson of Venice produced what has been universally recognized as among the most beautiful typefaces ever created. Based on the humanistic calligraphy of the Renaissance, an even and infinitely various set of lowercase letters that had evolved from the Carolingian miniscules of the ninth century, Jenson's types were a miracle of proportion and evenness of color. In the late nineteenth century, it was imitated by Morris in his Golden type of 1891 (far too heavy), and in the next by Cobden-Sanderson with his Doves type, Goudy with his Deepdene, and Hunter Middleton with his Eusebius. But it was really not until Bruce Rogers-following his stint at the Riverside Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he first attempted a version of the type in his Montaigne font-tackled the challenge of creating a roman equal to (and in some ways surpassing) the Jenson original. The proof of his success is that it has been used, and held in high esteem, ever since. The story behind the type, the many permutations through which it went, the myths that accrued and surrounded it (many based on Roger's somewhat erratic and chimerical memory) are all exposed in this fully documented account of the type's genesis and development.
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Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 174682
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