Contemplations

Picture and note courtesy of Dick Blacher. Comments by Paul Jackson

Contemplations

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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