The History of Oliver and Arthur was written in French in the early sixteenth century. For this edition, Rogers created imitations of early woodcuts to accompany the text. This is yet another example of Rogers’ brand of allusive typography. We see how effective this can be, especially when paired with the Priory Text type. While we may view the design as trying too hard to invoke a sense of age and time, perhaps it is ancient works printed in modern styles that are truly anachronistic. An edition such as this impresses upon the reader the context in which the work was created.
Type: Priory Text
Leighton, Wilhelm and Barrett, Eliza, "The History of Oliver and Arthur" (1903). Riverside Press Editions Designed by Bruce Rogers. 4.