Nature

Book and pictures courtesy of Andrew Vaughn. Comments by Paul Jackson

 Nature

by Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1905

This book measures 8 1/4" x 5 1/2" and has 91 pages. It was printed in Old Style Antique font on Roycroft paper, although McKenna specifies Dickinson paper I have not seen a Nature on Dickinson. The title page, initials, and ornaments were designed by Dard Hunter. The binding is suede with the cover blind stamped. There is a variant suede cover with a Dard Hunter designed blind stamped tree on the front.  Additional fifty copies were bound repousse in suede and 100 copies were bound in 3/4 Levant with Imperial Japan vellum pages. A few were bound in modeled leather
Dard Hunter -- Like Denslow, he epitomized the Hubbard work ethic. His truly prodigious output, and instantly recognizable style, has been thoroughly researched and documented. Included here are some lesser-known examples of the incorporation of his designs into other productions of the Roycroft Print Shoppe.
Although far more handsome than the standard suede binding with a blind-stamped title only, I know of only a few copies with Dard Hunter's embossed tree design.

 
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