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Sterne, Laurence; Bruce Rogers, des. A sentimental journey through France & Italy. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1905. 8vo (23.9 cm, 9.375"). , 231,  pp. $70.00
Limited to 335 copies printed by the Riverside Press and => expertly designed by Bruce Rogers. From 1895 to 1911, typographer and type designer Rogers (1870–1957) worked for the Riverside Press, where he designed his first typeface, Montaigne; later on, there, he would design his most famous font, Centaur. Here, he crafted a "simple and distinctive" (as the prospectus calls it) volume featuring minimal decoration — just a black and white, woodcut vignette on the title-page — and clean, beautiful typography "having some relation to the flavor of the text."
Laurence Sterne (1713–68) finished A Sentimental Journey just weeks before his death. His travels through France and Italy inspired the novel, which is narrated by Sterne's alter ego, Mr. Yorick. The subjective, sentimental prose used to recount his adventures brought a new perspective to a genre that had typically relied on objective writing, and inspired a flourishing of the style in the late 18th century.
This is number 71 of the 335 copies printed. The prospectus is laid in.
Warde, Bruce Rogers, 57; Work of Bruce Rogers, 135. Publisher's quarter black buckram and brown paper sides with gilt-lettered brown spine label, bottom and fore-edge uncut; spine very slightly cocked, edges rubbed. Interior bright; prospectus lightly soiled and with an old vertical crease; original black slipcase present but broken with loss at top and with (very) neat tape repairs. An understated yet appealing example of Rogers' work. (38196) Please RESHELVE This.
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