The Journal of Koheleth
The Journal of Koheleth,
Being a Reprint of The Book of Ecclesiastes with an Essay
by Elbert Hubbard, 1896
4 of 12
the 2nd book of the Roycroft Press. This book
measures 9 1/8" x 6 1/8" and has 76
pages. It was printed in an edition of 700 copies on Ruisdael paper and bound in
paper over boards with a Buckram spine. The edition of 12 seen above was printed on Japan Vellum.
Title page was designed by Bertha Hubbard and the edition signed and numbered by
Elbert Hubbard. There are numerous variant bindings including some with cloth
ties. The only difference between the edition of 12 shown above and the edition
of 700 is the paper it was printed on. Japan Vellum vice Ruisdael. Ruisdael
paper is also very susceptible to foxing.
The first mention of this book that I have found is in the October 1895 Philistine which states that 750 copies will be printed on Dickinson hand made paper and bound in flexible vellum. In the April 1896 Philistine, we again see an ad for The Journal of Koheleth, this add states that 700 copies of the book bound in antique boards and printed on Holland made paper will be sold at $2.00 and an edition of 12 bound and printed on Japan vellum will be sold for $5.00. The May and June 1896 editions are the first to mention the Buckram spine and also note that the edition of 12 was sold out. This book is listed in the 1899 catalog and sold for $2.00
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