The Centaur Types

The Centaur Types (ePub)

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The Centaur Types
Purdue University Press

Book Description

In 1948, the noted book designer and Purdue alumnus Bruce Rogers wrote a book that documented and illustrated his creation of the Centaur typeface. The book was privately printed by Rogers himself under the name of his studio, October House. This limited edition of the book was transferred to the Purdue Libraries at the time of his death along with his other papers and books. Over the years the remaining stock has found its home in the Special Collections of the Libraries. And although known as something of a collector's item by those who are aware of the few copies in circulation, it is here available to the general market for the first time. Centaur Types is a fascinating book for several reasons: in the designer's own words, we learn of the evolution of the typeface and of his interest in the art and craft of creating type; it demonstrates different and comparable typefaces, and gives examples of Centaur from six to seventy-two point; and lastly, it stands as a fitting example of fine book-making from one of the master book designers of his time.

About the Author(s):

Bruce Rogers (1870–1957) was born and raised in Indiana and graduated from Purdue University in 1890. He achieved world renown as a designer of fine books, particularly with Houghton Mifflin’s Riverside Press Editions. In 1929, perhaps at the pinnacle of his career, Rogers was commissioned to create the Oxford Lectern Bible, published by Oxford University Press in 1935 and thought to be Rogers’s masterpiece. In addition to creating the Centaur typeface, Rogers created the Montaigne typeface.