Book and iictures are courtesy of
Dick Blacher. Commentary courtesy of Paul
Comments on Lorenz Schwartz by Dick Blacher.
by Henry David Thoreau, 1903
The book measures 11 5/8" x 8 1/4" and has 36 pages. The number of copies printed and the variants are not well documented. The 1905 and 1906 catalogues list the printing numbers as "a few." There are at least 3 known variants that Iíve examined: full Levant as seen above, a ĺLevant with marble boards, and ĺ suede with paper over boards. None have a limitation statement.
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
This is the first book Iíve acquired which conclusively demonstrates that Lorenz Schwartz never lost his artistry as a master binder during his second stint at the Roycroft (see photo of dedication page). This is the standard, tall format edition of Friendship published in 1903, and rebound by Schwartz on commission in a full Levant binding sometime in 1927 or 1928. If 1927, which seems likely, given the printed date on the dedication page, then my information that he began again at Roycroft in 1928 is incorrect.
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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