Picture and note courtesy of Dick Blacher. Comments by Paul Jackson
Being Several Short Essays, Helpful Sermonettes, Epigrams and Orphic sayings from the Writings of Elbert Hubbard.
by Elbert Hubbard, 1902
Grabau Binding #63 of 100
Comment: This book measures 11" x 8 3/4"
and has 120 pages. The text body is set in McFarland and 100 copies were printed
on Japan Vellum and bound 3/4 leather or full Levant. The regular edition was
printed on Boxmoor paper and bound paper over boards with a suede spine and
corners and 3/4 leather. This book was also bound in modeled leather. Richard
Kruger designed the ornamentation, the composition was by Charles Rosen, and the
press work was done by Otto Franz. John Grabau seemed to really like this design
for his covers. He did at least 2 other books with a variant on the design above
and it was also shown on the cover of a Roycroft catalog. The other books were
Joaquin Miller and A Dog
of Flanders and the Roycroft catalog was
The Book of the Roycrofters.
The book above is listed in the 1902 catalog and sold for $25.00. Interestingly the 1902 copies lists 50 on Imperial Japan Vellum specially bound but there were actually 100. It is also listed in the 1903 catalog for $25.00
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