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The Song of Roland
The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1906. Number 158 of 220 copies on American handmade paper. Designed by Bruce Rogers. Set in French lettre bâtarde and civilité types and hand printed in black, red, blue, and golden brown; opening initial printed in gold. 11.5? x 17.5?. xxxiv double-column pages. Seven hand-coloured illustrations in the style of stained glass windows. Bound in quarter vellum with fleur-de-lis patterned boards and vellum tips. Bruce Rogers (1870-1957) was one of the great book designers of the twentieth century. He began working at the Riverside Press in 1895. In 1900, a Department of Special Bookmaking was created for the production of fine press editions, with Rogers in charge. He designed more than four hundred books during his career. Of those, he chose thirty (Roger?s Thirty), at the request of an interviewer, that he considered successful book works. The Song of Roland was one of his choices. The Song of Roland is a French epic dating from about 1100 CE. It recounts the chivalric and heroic deeds of Charlemagne, based on the battle of Roncevaux. The epic is considered the first masterpiece of literature in the French vernacular, written as a medieval chanson de geste (song of deeds) in four thousand lines. It was not translated into English until the late 19th century. This edition was translated from Old French by Isabel Butler. Seven illustrations derived from the compartments of the window of Charlemagne in the Cathedral de Chartres depict events in the legend of Roland. Five roundels are placed throughout the text. Some browning to boards, surface da … [Click Below for Full Description]
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