Man of Sorrows

Book and photos courtesy of Dave Hricik. Commentary by Paul Jackson.

Man of Sorrows
by Elbert Hubbard

Binding believed to be by John Grabau. Probable Derome Bindery

John  Grabau was a book binder at the Roycroft from 1902 - 1905.  He later formed his own bindery, this bindery was named the Derome bindery after Nicolas Denis Derome (active 1761-c 1789) who achieved great fame by his use of the dentelle border. Taking the dentelles of Padeloup as models, Derome's dentelles are typically made up of tools in combination, rather than in repetition, and are represented by symmetrical corner tooling of a very richly engraved floriated scroll work. An essential feature in Nicolas Derome's finest dentelles is a small bird with outstretched wings.

This binding is believed to have been executed by John Grabau at the Derome bindery. Grabau worked at the Roycroft until approximately 1905 and was a student of Louis Herman Kinder.

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