Book, pictures and note courtesy of
Stephen & Paulette Modiano. Description courtesy of Paul Jackson.
Hollyhocks and Goldenglow
Elbert Hubbard, 1912
binding by Lorenz Schwartz
This book measures 7 3/8" x 5 1/4" and has 158 pages. The text body is set in
Scotch Roman printed on Strathmore paper in four colors. The full Levant binding
was executed by Lorenz Schwartz. The only other 4 color variant known was bound
in a stiff variegated stamped leather binding and is in the Elbert Hubbard
Museum in the Scheidemantel house in East Aurora NY. Neither of these book
variants has a limitation statement or is listed in McKenna.
The regular edition and the edition of 1000 were both bound in stamped flexible
leather with the text body in set in Scotch Roman and printed on Strathmore
paper in two colors. The title page, running heads, tailpieces and initial
designs although unsigned are believed to be by Dard Hunter.
Note: The delighted present owner of this book feels that the library
markings (flyleaf page embossing of library name, pocket card, return date
slip) add an interesting conversational debate to the finer points of this
individual copy, acknowledging that library markings of any kind are
usually a detraction to an important book. This book asks the bibliophile
to consider what happened at that critical moment when it was to
go into library circulation. There are no names of anyone ever checking
out this copy and no dates stamped on when to return it. It is
possible that some educator, most likely the head librarian saw that
this book was prepared to be entered into circulation and immediately put
a stop to it. The beauty and craftsmanship of this variant whispers to
the beholder, "Handle me with care." Another interesting side note, the
Jones Library in Amherst, Mass. lists on their website about
twenty Roycroft books; of the twenty, one is a Hollyhocks and Goldenglow
in the edition of 1000 with a stamped leather cover.
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