Courtesy of the Richard Blacher Collection
Life Lessons 1909
Woman's Work 1908
The Rubaiyat 1904 #24 of 100 Exhibited in Head, Heart and Hand.
Virginibus Puerisque 1903
Pictures and commentary courtesy of Dick Blacher.
Best Modeled Leather Bindings
Only a small number of the modeled
leather bindings were signed. Therefore, I feel it would be illustrative to
categorize a few as (the Sack/Rago system) “Good, Better, Best.” The majority of
the modeled leather bindings are usually found on regular production editions.
by Alice Hubbard,
Note: Probably bound by Frederick Kranz, who specialized in polished leather bindings. I particularly admire its 3-dimensional quality, and its generally “Finished” appearance.
Note: Priced at $40.00 in a 1910 Roycroft catalogue and $100.00 in a 1927 catalogue.
by Alice Hubbard, 1908
Note: The design of this cover perfectly reflects and enhances the design motif created for the book by Dard Hunter.
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
#24 of 100 Copies, 1904
Note: Bound by Frederick Kranz, the two-toned effect with shading, represents the epitome of the modeler's art.
Note: Exhibited in “Head, Heart and Hand.”
by Robert Louis
Note: Referred to (by some) as “Buffalo Nouveau,” this style of modeling is, in my opinion, the finest produced by the Roycroft; Masterfully executed and beautifully realized.
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