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Alfred Bruce Rogers (1870-1957) is a major figure in the history of typography and book design. Born in Indiana, Rogers began his career as a newspaper illustrator and entered the world of book publishing in 1895. For fifteen years, he designed fine editions at the Riverside Press in Boston, and then for two decades worked at presses up and down the East Coast and in England. He lived in New York in the 1910s, where he worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art; it was in the course of his employment there that he designed his famous typeface Centaur, which first appeared in print in 1914-15. Over his career, Rogers designed more than 500 books. In 1925 he bought a home in Fairfield, Connecticut, eventually settling there in the 1930s. Rogers's most famous single work, the monumental Oxford University Press edition of the Bible known as the Oxford Lectern Bible (1935), used Centaur type and is considered a masterpiece of printing.
A Noble Fragment: being a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible 1450-1455 (1921)
Each copy of this collectible edition contains a leaf from an original copy of the Gutenberg Bible; the book was designed by Bruce Rogers.