Minnie Gardner

Deserted Village

Deserted Village

Deserted Village

Deserted Village

Pictures courtesy of Roycroft Historian, Boice Lydell. Commentary by Dick Blacher.

Minnie Gardner

THE ILLUSTRATORS
Scores of illuminators were employed at the Roycroft, but only a few were considered adept; expert enough to be illustrators. They were allowed a great deal of leeway and artistic freedom was encouraged. Significant variations in the style of illustrations can be found in different copies of the same book.

The Deserted Village

 by Oliver Goldsmith, 1898

#19 of 470

This book measures 11 1/4" x 8 5/8" and has 55 pages. The body of the text is in Bookman and 470 copies were printed in two colors on John Dickinson water marked paper with #'s 1-40 being specially illumined. McKenna specifies the printing as having been done on Whatman paper but both of mine are on Dickinson. It is bound in paper over boards. All copies have hand drawn initial letters.  Additionally, 170 copies were printed on Japan Vellum and according to McKenna nine of these copies were specially illuminated. All copies were signed by or for Elbert Hubbard in his name. The book above is #15 of the specially illumined copies. The specially illumined copies of this book are listed in the 1899 catalog and sold for $10.00

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