Lorenz Schwartz binding with clamshell.
Notice the red leather inlay in the flowers.
Pictures are courtesy of Stephen and
Paulette Modiano. Commentary courtesy of Paul
Comments on Lorenz Schwartz by Dick Blacher.
by Henry David Thoreau, 1903
The book measures 11 1/2" x 7 3/4" and has 36 pages.
The numbers of books printed and the variants is not well documented. The 1905
and 1906 catalogues list the printing numbers as "a few." There are at least 3
variants that I know of; 1st is the full Levant type seen above, 2nd is a 3/4
Levant with marble board (the two copies I have seen in this format are blue
leather with blue and white marble board) and the 3rd type was paper over
boards with a suede spine. Although no numbers seem to be available, at least to
me, it is certain that the printings of this large format Friendship were very
limited. None that I have seen include a limitation statement. Based upon the
layout of the intertwined LS initials, this binding is believed to be by Lorenz
There is a listing for a Friendship in the 1903 catalog that states, "Ten on Classic Vellum, specially bound in full Levant, initials drawn in free hand, very elaborate, each $250." The 1903 catalog further states that 50 copies were printed on Imperial Japan Vellum, initials drawn in free hand and that they sold for $60.00
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.
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