Autograph Book

Pictures courtesy of Boice Lydell. Description courtesy of Paul Jackson.

Autograph Book

Bound by Walter Jennings at The Roycroft Bindery in 1913

This is one of the very few books known to be bound by Walter Jennings and was displayed in the "Head, Heart and Hand" exhibition of the University of Rochester.

This book measures 10 5/8" x 6 3/4" and is bound in full leather with German silver rosettes in the Dard Hunter design. Interestingly, although Walter Jennings first started work at The Roycroft in the Bindery, he is most famous as an extraordinary metal smith. Jennings left the bindery and went to work in the Copper Shop in 1909 and worked there until 1911. In 1911 Jennings went to work for Karl Kipp, another Roycroft Artisan, who founded the Tookay Shop. Tookay was named after Kipp's initials. Kipp signed his work with a backwards and forwards K. In 1915 after Elbert and Alice Hubbard's deaths on the Lusitania, Elbert Hubbard II convinced Karl Kipp and Walter U. Jennings to return to the Roycroft. This binding by Jennings was executed soon after his return to The Roycroft.

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