Old John Burroughs

Book and photo courtesy of Roycroft Historian Boice Lydell. Commentary by Paul Jackson.

Old John Burroughs

by Elbert Hubbard, 1901
Illustrated by Alta Fattey
Binding by John Grabau from the Derome Bindery

This book measures 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" and has 19 pages. The text body is Caslon printed on Dickinson handmade, Roycroft watermarked paper. The regular edition of this book was bound in paper over boards with a cloth spine. Additionally some copies were bound 3/4 leather with extra illumination as shown above. The book contains manuscript reproduction pages and a photo of Burroughs which were printed on Japan Vellum. The title page, initials and colophon are typically hand illuminated. The number of books produced is unknown for both the regular and 3/4 leather editions. Twelve copies are known to have been printed on Japan Vellum and bound full Levant. This binding was 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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