The Book of Business

Kind of a nice tooled leather snap case.....

for a plain looking full Levant book! Hmmm.

Front inside cover

Back inside cover.

Lorenz Schwartz Signed

Roycroft mark

Book and note courtesy of Richard Blacher. Pictures and comments courtesy of Paul Jackson.

The Book of Business

by Elbert Hubbard, 1913

The Book of Business, circa 1913. McKenna lists the Romance of Business as being published in 1916 and 1917, i.e. numbers 243 and 255 but has no listing for The Book of Business. I would surmise that this is a very unique if not one of a kind inlaid binding by Lorenz Schwartz. Of particular interest is that the full leather binding is very plain but when the covers are opened, the doublures have very ornate inlay and gilt work. The detail work, as can be seen, is awesome. The pages are Japan Vellum and very nicely illuminated throughout.

Note: 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.

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