Ballads of a Book-worm

Book and pictures courtesy of Richard Blacher.

Ballads of a Book-worm

by Irving Brown, 1899

#14 of 31

Probable Grabau binding, unsigned.

This book measures 8 1/4" x 5 1/2" and has 120 pages. The body of the text is in Old Style Antiqua 850 copies printed on Whatman paper and an additional 31 copies, as seen above printed on Japan Vellum. The title page and initials were hand illumined in all editions. Typically this book was bound in paper over boards. The book above was bound full Levant. The binding above is a Roycroft binding and although unsigned has the look of a John Grabau binding. My guess is that this book was rebound full Levant at the Roycroft somewhere around 1903 - 1905. McKenna notes no full Levant bindings in initial press runs. All books noted were initially bound in paper over boards. The 1899 catalog lists an edition of 20 printed on Japan Vellum. I believe this edition was expanded to 31. The regular edition on Japan vellum sold for $10.00. No mention is made of a full Levant binding in the 1899 catalog.

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