Art and Life courtesy of Dick Blacher

Book and notes courtesy of Dick Blacher. Pictures and comments courtesy of Paul Jackson.

Art and Life

by Vernon Lee (Violet Paget), 1896

#6 of 10 copies illumined by William Faville

 Note: Illumined and illustrated by William B. Faville with several vignettes in pencil and watercolor.
Faville was Hubbard's roommate at Harvard. This book was bound for Bertha Hubbard (Hubbard's first wife) in 1900. This is the only asymmetrical Kinder binding I've examined.

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. There were 352 copies printed in two colors on Japan vellum and according to McKenna bound in suede (I have never seen one that I recall). 109 copies were bound in paper over boards with a cloth spine (This is what I typically see). 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.

Comment: This book measures 8 1/4" x 5 7/8" and has 92 pages. 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
The full Levant Art and Life was listed in the 1902 and 1903 catalogs for $40.00

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