The City of Tagaste


The book above once belonged to the Famous Roycroft Metal-smith Walter U. Jennings.

Another example of an Alicia binding

Books and pictures courtesy of Boice Lydell and Paul Jackson. Description by Paul Jackson.

The City of Tagaste

by Elbert Hubbard, 1900
Illumined by Minnie Gardner
#257 of 940

This book measures 10 1/8" x  8" and has 21 pages. The text body is in Caslon Old Style and 940 copies were printed on handmade Roycroft paper. The binding variants were 3/4 suede with paper over boards, full suede, Miriam, or a depicted above a Alicia binding.  There were, without much doubt, at least two separate editions of  940 printed. There are definitely two different limitation statements reading "Of this edition on Handmade Paper there were printed and specially illuminated nine hundred and fourty copies, and this book is # xxx." There was also this limitation statement, "Of  this edition there were printed and specially illuminated nine hundred and forty copies and this is #xxx." Additionally, there was an edition of 50 that was bound 3/4 Levant, specially illuminated, and printed on Imperial Japan Vellum. Note the Alicia and Miriam bindings are not mentioned in McKenna. This book is listed in the 1900 catalog and sold for $5.00

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