THE HOLY BIBLE CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS BRUCE ROGERS TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORIGINAL TONGUES AND WITH THE FORMER TRANSLATIONS DILIGENTLY COMPARED AND REVISED CLEVELAND AND NEW YORK THE WORLD PUBLISHING COMPANY MCMXLIX by Earnest Elmo Calkins This book is as ncar as Bruce Rogers will ever get to writing an autobiography. It is as its title suggests a selection of unrelated odds and ends, most of which have already appeared in print, but they do give brief glimpses of BR's personality and some description of his metbods. He is inherently a modest man who does not write easily about himself or blow his own trumpet about what we all know is a major achieve- ment in the realm of bookmaking. But his books speak for themselves and his many admirers speak for him, for while there is no biography of him there are a number of fervent tributes. It is probable that only the urgency of his friend Shapiro, a devout col- lector of Rogersiana, that persuaded him to make a book of these interesting items. In Rogers' account of the making of the famous Lectem Bible at Oxford University Press we see something of the painstaking methods of trial and error by which he attains results that then seem so perfectly the simple and obvious Solution of the problem. There is none of the confident cockiness of the so-called master craftsman, the pose of omnis- cience, but rather that much greater quality of ar- riving step by step at the one best combination of paper and type for the particular purpose. As Buffon, the great French naturalist, reminds us, "Genius is nothing but great aptitude for patience," or as some later philosopher expressed it, "An infinite capacity for taking pains." In either form the defmition fits Bruce Rogers. For each book is a problem. There is no general rule for bringing the elements of a book into the happiest combination. The physical appearance must to some extent be conditioned by the book itself, must grow out of its content. It begins with the sketched layouts, then the trial proofs for type face, body size, amount of leading; the title page and the headings, the paper, size, and margins, until at last it comes to rest in what seems to be tbe best combina-

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