Sesame and Lilies

This book courtesy of  The Elbert Hubbard Museum. Comments by Paul Jackson.

Sesame and Lilies

by John Ruskin, 1897
Illumined by Fannie Stiles
#26 of 450

This book measures  7 3/4" x 4 7/8" and has 142 pages. Text body is Antiqua Old Style and 450 copies were printed in 2 colors on Whatman paper and hand illuminated. The binding is paper over boards with a white Buckram spine. 40 copies had special hand illumination and a few copies were bound in 3/4 Levant (as seen above) and full Levant. The whole edition was numbered and signed by or for Elbert Hubbard in his name.
The June 1897 edition of the Philistine announces the preparation of Sesame and Lilies for Christmas delivery. Interestingly the same add lists a Christmas delivery date for The Essays of Elia which was not printed until 1899.

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