The Construction of Roman Letters, by Albrecht Durer. [With a three-page printer's note by Bruce Rogers.] Crown 8vo, 20cm, 40p, Dunster House, Cambridge, 1924.
One of 350 copies printed by Bruce Rogers at the Printing House of William Edwin Rudge in red and black on grey hand-made paper with the Introduction in Centaur type. Black paper-covered boards, printed spine label, some cracking to upper cover, French marbled endpapers. Slight offsetting. About very good.
(Warde 178, Kent 332) "Durer's 'Of the Just Shaping of Letter' (Grolier Club 1917) eventually brought such a fabulous price in the auction rooms .... (impecunious collectors) have, however been appeased with Mr Rogers's later impression of 'The Construction of Roman Letters', in whichthe blocks alone are printed on a 16mo page of pale grey paper, which softens the blackness of the broad inked surfaces." (Warde) There is a five-line inscription in Italian concerning the book on the upper free endpaper. The book is one of BR's chosen 'thirty'.