The Book of Job

Book courtesy of George Look. Pictures courtesy of David Rago Craftsman Auctions. Comments and description courtesy of Paul Jackson.

The Book of Job

As Translated from the Original by Rabbi Abraham Elzas With Some Comments on the Poem by Elbert Hubbard.

The book measures 7 3/4" x 6 7/8" and has 142 pages. The text body set in Antiqua Old Style.  350 copies were printed on Whatman handmade paper and hand illuminated. The first forty 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.
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.
This book is #2 of 4 bound Full Levant. Sold at Rago's Auctions 17 May 03 and again in March of 2006.

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