Ali Baba

Picture above was executed by Sandor Landau.

Picture above was executed By Axel Sahlin.

Pictures and courtesy of Robert Rust.

Ali Baba

by Fra Elbertus, 1899

Printed in 1926

This book measures 7 3/4" x 6" and has 113 pages plus colophon. It is bound in a full Levant binding and was republished in 1926. The original Ali Baba was published in 1899. The drawing by Sandor Landeau and the block print by Axel E. Sahlin definitely add to this books allure. This binding is unsigned but it is believed to be the work of Charlie Youngers.
Charles and Peter Youngers were trained as Binders by Louis Herman Kinder. In 1912 Charlie Youngers relieved Kinder as the Head of the Bindery. In an August 1912 article on The Roycroft, Youngers was noted as "The Boss Binder." Charles Youngers' bindings were usually only signed Roycroft but the one above is signed Youngers. Youngers' bindings are usually fairly plain in design. Most of Youngers' efforts were in supervising the trade work. As time passed he did less and less hand binding. Felix Shay in "Elbert Hubbard of East Aurora", called Youngers, "Kinder's star pupil and one who carries on the traditions at The Roycroft these days." Although he did relieve Kinder as "The Boss Binder" I think the binders that most carried on the style and craftsman ship of Kinder were Lorenz Schwartz, John Grabau, and Harry Avery.

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