Lorenz Schwartz binding. It kind of looks like a stylized lion to me.
Pictures and note courtesy of Dick Blacher. Description courtesy of Paul Jackson
by Alice Hubbard, 1908
LORENZ SCHWARTZ --- This Danish binder
worked at the bindery from about 1907 to 1915 and again, from 1928 to 1947.
Schwartz learned his craft in Germany. He came to the United States in 1904
and worked for Otto Zahn in Memphis before joining the Roycroft. His books are
signed with one of several variations of his monogram. His finest productions
are Masterpieces comparable in quality to Louis Herman Kinder's work.
Note: The overall design of this binding is quite handsome, but I feel it would have been more exciting had it reflected Dard Hunter's stylized wheat design. The speckling seems to me rather crude when compared to similar detailing by Louis Herman Kinder.
This book measures 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" and has 157 pages. The text body is in Monotype 139. This book was printed is in two colors on Japan Vellum. The regular edition of this book was printed on Boxmoor paper. Dard Hunter designed title page, running heads, colophon and tails. There were many binding types made including; Alicia, modeled leather, 3/4 leather, paper over boards with a suede spine, full suede and full Levant. Quantities of the printing runs are not known, but McKenna notes that there is also an unlimited edition with the same binding variants that was printed on Japan Vellum.
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