Good modeled leather bindings

Nature by Emerson 1905

Man of Sorrows by Elbert Hubbard 1904/05

A Dog of Flanders by Ouida 1906

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving 1905

Pictures and commentary courtesy of Dick Blacher.

Good Modeled Leather Bindings

Only a small number of the modeled leather bindings were signed. Therefore, I feel it would be illustrative to categorize a few as (the Sack/Rago system) “Good, Better, Best.” The majority of the modeled leather bindings are usually found on regular production editions. (i.e., non-limited).

1) Good -- Nature, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1905
Note: Most of the modeled leather bindings produced at the Roycroft are of this type; obviously Arts and Crafts in design, but somewhat crudely executed and formulaic in appearance.

2) Good – The Man of Sorrows by Elbert Hubbard, 1904 - 05

3) Good – A Dog of Flanders by Ouida, 1906

4) Good – Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, 1905


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