The Book of Job
Book, photos and comments courtesy of Paul Jackson.
The Book of Job
#34 of 350
As Translated from the Original by Rabbi Abraham Elzas With Some Comments on the Poem by Elbert Hubbard.
Specially Illumined by Clara Schlegel
This book measures 7 3/4" x 6 7/8"
and has 142 pages. The text body set in Antiqua Old Style and 350 copies were
printed on Whatman handmade paper and hand illuminated. The first 40 copies were
specially illuminated by Bertha Hubbard and the complete edition was bound in
paper over boards with a cloth spine. Four copies are known to have been bound
in full Levant. Note: This is the first book to use "The Roycroft Shop" in it's
colophon vice "The Roycroft Printing Shop."
The first ad for the Book of Job that I know of was in the July 1897 Philistine and it is really something else. "The Master of the Roycroft Printing Shop desires to make the following announcement. 1, Beginning with the Book of Job, which is now on the presses, all Roycroft books will be printed on Whatman paper. 2. The minimum price of a Roycroft book will be $5.00, net. 3. No Edition will be printed of more than three hundred copies." .... This edition of the Book of Job was 350 copies, 'nuff said. The advertised cost was $5.00 for the hand illumined edition on Whatman paper. According to the July 1897 Philistine The Book of Job #s 1- 40 were specially illumined by Bertha Hubbard, but we know Clara Schlegel illumined some of them. The specially illumined editions were listed in the 1899 catalog for $10.00
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