- New York: The Grolier Club, 1927.
- quarter vellum over paste-paper-covered boards, top edge gilt
- xxiii, 208, (2) pages.
Price: $850.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 21509
First edition thus, limited to 390 copies. (Ransom no.17, Haas 143; AIGA 361). Designed by Bruce Rogers and printed by William Edwin Rudge. First edition in English of this landmark 16th century book on the formation of letters presented in a beautiful illustrated format by Bruce Rogers. With three different sections: Reform of the French Languague, Treatise on Letter Proportions and Letter Designs Based on the Human Face and Body, and Abcedaire on the Construction of Letters. Includes type specimens of other letter styles as a supplement. This is one of the most important examples of the design work of Rogers and he considered it one of his favorite "30". One of only ten books to use the Centaur type designed by Bruce Rogers.
Slight toning to spine, else a fine copy in a plain brown dustwrapper. Housed in the original slipcase, which is somewhat soiled and chipped at the corners. Includes the prospectus. A significant association copy of an important Bruce Rogers work. Fine.
Provenance: This copy was formerly owned by William Ivins Jr., curator of prints at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art until 1946, and bears his signature on the inside front cover. Laid in is an A.L.s., with the addressed envelope, from Bruce Rogers to Ivins. The letter apparently refers to the French version of Champ Fleury, as Rogers has transcribed an excerpt in French and follows it with the comment: "Dear Bill, I find, after all, the coloring by hand refers only to the initials -- but the borders might well be included, don't you think?"