The Essay on Nature

Pictures and note courtesy of Dick Blacher. Description courtesy of Paul Jackson.

The Essay on Nature

by Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1905

#67 of 100 COPIES

This book measures 8" x 5" and has 91 pages. The text body is Old Style Antiqua. The edition of 100 was printed on Imperial Japan vellum and bound in 3/4 Levant of full Levant. The initials, colophon, and title page were designed by Dard Hunter and many were hand illuminated. Other bindings produced were blind stamped suede and 50 copies were bound repousse  in suede.

Harry Avery was among the first of Kinder's students, I've found very little information about his life. His particular forte as a binder was the use of inlays. Unlike Dick Wolfe in his book on Kinder and Dave Ogle in his forthcoming book on the Roycroft, On a High Shelf, I feel strongly that Avery's bindings are among the very best and most sophisticated produced at the Roycroft Shop. Notice the use of inlays in this binding.

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