Art: Good, Gray B. R.

"... A kind of low, clammy, soft-footed, zoot-suited, Persian prolixity and Madame Overdone Hotbed, bawdy and Baluchistan tribesman sort of spurious de luxe taste had crept in during . . . the past 20 years. Against all this the good gray typographer, B.R., has set his vertical spine."

This vivid tribute was paid last week by Christopher Morley to the nation's No. 1 printing and book designer, 73-year-old Bruce Rogers. The occasion was the appearance of one of the handsomest books ever published in the U.S.—a Rogers-designed, Rogers-authored textbook, Paragraphs on...

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