Ruskin and Turner


Annie McMillan Illumination and initials

Probable Clara Schlegel Illustration, not signed.

Clara Schlegel Illustration

Bertha Crawford Hubbard Illustration

Clara Schlegel Initials

Bertha Crawford Hubbard 1897 Initials

Fannie Stiles Illumination and initials

Book courtesy of the Elbert Hubbard Museum. Pictures, comments, and description courtesy of Paul Jackson.

Ruskin and Turner

by Elbert Hubbard, 1896

Illumined by Bertha Crawford Hubbard, Annie McMillan, Clara Schlegel, and Fannie Stiles

This book measures 10 1/2" x 7 3/4" and has 53 pages. The text body is set in Old Style Antiqua and 26 copies were printed on either Whatman handmade or Japan Vellum paper, hand illuminated by Bertha Hubbard, and bound in a crushed Levant or paper over board with a buckram spine.  The regular edition of 473 copies was printed on Whatman handmade paper and bound in paper over boards with a white buckram spine or bound in suede with cloth ties. Both editions illustrated with photogravures of Turner's work on vellum with the regular edition numbered and signed in Hubbard's name and the edition of 26 as seen above signed by Bertha Hubbard.

This book is very unique in that it was bound without a title page or limitation page. Also it was illustrated and illumined by the 4 best illuminators at the Roycroft during this period.

The first mention that I have found of this book other than the prospectus, was is the October 1896 Philistine which states, "We are printing four hundred copies on Japan Vellum of Mr. Hubbard's Essay on the artist, Turner. The book will contain 12 full page photogravures from negatives taken especially for us from the National Gallery at London. Bound in classic limp vellum, tied with tapes; price, Five dollar per copy, Ready November 1st." The November 1896 Philistine ad is very similar with the exception that we have once again backed off the Japan Vellum and are now stating it will be printed on hand made paper, and it is the Ruskin-Turner Essay vice the Turner essay. It further states that 20 copies will specially illumined by Bertha C. Hubbard and the cost for those will be $10.00. In the February 1897 Philistine it states that 26 copies were specially illumined by Bertha Hubbard and that all were sold at $10.00 and the paper is finally specified as Whatman. The regular edition of this book was also listed in the 1899 catalog and sold for $5.00

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