As It Seems To Me

Book and commentary courtesy of Dick Blacher. Additional comments by Paul Jackson

As It Seems To Me

by Elbert Hubbard, 1898

#2 of 40

THE DESIGNERS
Among an immensely talented staff of designers, two men stand out, William Wallace Denslow and Dard Hunter; each went on to gain world recognition, independent of the Roycroft.
William Wallace Denslow -- His remarkable talent, coupled with a bizarre lifestyle and sense of humor, makes him my favorite of the Roycroft artists. I consider myself very fortunate to have some of his artwork in my collection. In addition to the Denslow illustrations, this book also contains illustrations and illuminations by Clara Schlegel, who collaborated with Denslow on a few books during this period. Notice the illustrated vignette of blackberries on the initial letter (signed C. S.) of the first page, opposite the scholarly scarecrow by Denslow. This book was part of the Head, Heart and Hand exhibition by the University of Rochester.

This book measures 9" x 5 5/8" and has 138 pages. The text body is set in Old Style Antiqua. #1 to 4 of this book as seen above were decorated by W. W. Denslow. Each of these books is said to have 35 original watercolor sketches and decorated initials. McKenna noted none had been found for confirmation. The book above is one of them bound in full vellum, ties missing.

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