NY: The Grolier Club, 1933. 8 1/4 x 12 1/4. Half-title, frontis by Emery Walker, vii, (2), 105, (1) pages. Title within white-on-red strapwork border. Red ornaments & strapwork initials. Illustrated throughout with diagrams of Roman letters, with tissue guards. The letters are so heavily inked that there iis some offset through the guards to the opposite (mostly blank) pages. Vellum-backed pattern paper boards by W. H. Smith. Lower tips of the first 20 pages are very slightly creased (but the boards are not affected at all). Fine in slightly worn & darkened slipcase. Item #18499
One of 390 copies designed by Bruce Rogers, with an essay by Stanley Morison, who has initialed the preface. Printed in Centaur type on handmade paper at the Cambridge Univ. Press. Walter Lewis and Brooke Crutchley "oversaw" the printing at Cambridge, but it was very much Rogers' project. Crutchley notes "the ink had too much gloss in it, or was too blue or too black.... He (BR) has been spending the morning painting over the black parts of the printed sheets to get rid of the gloss...The machine was standing all yesterday because the red ink wasn't right...he went to London to supervise the mixing of a new supply...a week later the ink had not dried." John Dreyfus has noted there is no other BR book 'in which format, paper, inks and presswork were in such impeccable harmony.' Blumenthal has called the title page 'a page of true grandeur...unique in the whole history of the printed word.' "BR30." A Century for the Century 34.