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George H. Mifflin sent a copy of Rogers’ The Song of Roland to President Theodore Roosevelt. The president commented upon it, saying, “I am proud as an American that such a bit of work should be done in America” (Quoted in Blumenthal, 1989, 17) Roosevelt later requested to visit the publisher, where he met Rogers and viewed Houghton, Mifflin and Company’s special editions. Rogers also included this book in his list of personal favorites.

With its double columns on folio-sized pages, ornate initials, and hand-colored illustrations, the book’s design is an allusion to the manuscript tradition. The illustrations are from drawings done by Rogers of the stained glass windows of the cathedral of Chartres.

Type: French Gothic and Civilité