Art and Life courtesy of Ernest and Janet Brammer

Book and pictures courtesy of Ernest & Janet Brammer. Description courtesy of Paul Jackson.

Art and Life

by Vernon Lee (Violet Page), 1896

This is 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. The regular edition of this book was produced in an edition of  352 copies, printed in two colors on Japan vellum, and bound in paper over boards with a buckram spine as seen above. McKenna states that the edition of 352 was suede bound but I do not believe there were any of these bound in suede at least not initially. Louis Kinder introduced suede bindings to the Roycroft and Kinder did not arrive in East Aurora until 1897. Additionally, 109 copies were bound in paper over boards with a buckram spine as depicted above. Twelve copies were specially illuminated by W. W. Denslow. Ten copies were specially illuminated by William B. Favrile. All copies of the book were numbered and signed by Elbert 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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