The Complete Writings

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Comments on Lorenz Schwartz by Dick Blacher. Notes by Paul Jackson.

The Complete Writings

by Elbert Hubbard

Lorenz Schwartz Bindings 20 Volume Set #11 of 15 sets.

LORENZ SCHWARTZ --- This Danish binder worked at the bindery from about 1907 to 1915 and again, from 1928 to 1947. Schwartz learned his craft in Germany. He came to the United States in 1904 and worked for Otto Zahn in Memphis before joining the Roycroft. His books are signed with one of several variations of his monogram. His finest productions are Masterpieces comparable in quality to Louis Herman Kinder's work.

Color Variances in pictures are due to different lighting and camera exposure levels.


Note: The front cover of volume 3 (of 20 volumes) depicted above, has an inlaid leather Intarsia type binding by Lorenz Schwartz. This type of binding is more typical of Roycroft binder Harry Avery and I was surprised to find that it was a Schwartz binding. Lorenz Schwartz did some very intricate inlaid bindings, see the Book of Business 1913, but his style is usually a tooled leather binding much like Louis Kinder's work only less extravagant vice an Intarsia binding.

Note: The edge painting has the appearance of Alexis Fournier's work but it is actually the work of Franklin Barber Clark. Unfortunately, this is the only volume of the set held by the Buffalo Public Library. The location/locations of the other 19 volumes is/are unknown.

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