Centaur was designed by Bruce Rogers, these capitals were engraved by Robert Weibking in 1914 as a proprietary typeface for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s press. Based on Nicolas Jenson’s 1470 roman type, this is the first time the Centaur “Museum Caps” have ever been publicly available. The Dale Guild would like to thank The Rochester Institute of Technology’s Cary Collection for the opportunity to give this historic font new life.
PLEASE NOTE: A slight issue arose with this casting Centaur form the original matrices. When the matrices arrived at The Dale Guild I examined them and determined that they were not completely compatible with my machines. Working with the Rochester Institute of Technology I made a superficial alternation so that they could at least be cast from using a Barth caster.
The more serious alteration that was needed regarding the drive or depth of the matrix could not be done since it would inappropriately alter these historic artifacts.
Given the excitement and interest in this historic casting I have decided to still offer the type with the proviso that the type IS NOT Anglo/American type height (.918″), it is .006 of an inch over height at .924″. The height difference is the thickness of one sheet of tympan paper, the type can still be easily mixed with .918″ type with little to no make ready.