Art and Life

Clara Schlegel cover illustrations.

Note the bee in the flower and the CS initials.

Pictures courtesy of Roycroft Historian Boice Lydell.

Art and Life

by Vernon Lee (Violet Page), 1896

Clara Schlegel illustrations

This was the 3rd book of the Roycroft Press and the first done in the new print shop after Cy Rosen took over from Harry Tabor. The book measures 8 1/4" by 5 1/8" and has 95 pages. The body of the text is set in Old Style Antique. There were 352 copies printed in two colors on Japan vellum and bound in suede. 109 copies were bound in paper over boards with a cloth spine. Twelve copies were specially illuminated by W. W. Denslow. Ten copies were specially illuminated by William B. Faville. All copies of the book were numbered and signed by Bertha Hubbard.

The first mention that I have found of this book other than the prospectus, was is the October 1896 Philistine which states, "We have printed a small edition on Japan Vellum of this exquisite Essay and are illuminating the copies by hand. Price per volume $5.00 The November 1896 Philistine states:  "We have printed a small edition on Japan Vellum of this exquisite Essay and are illuminating the copies by hand. Bound in classic limp vellum, tied with tapes; price $5.00 per copy. Twelve copies, no two alike, illumined by Mr. W. W. Denslow; also Ten copies specially illumined by William B. Faville. Price, $25.00." The regular edition of this book was also listed in the 1899 catalog and sold for $5.00

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