East Aurora: The Roycroft Printing Shop [Roycroft Press], 1897.
First Edition Thus. Attractively bound by the Roycroft Bindery (with the "Roycroft" seal stamped on the bottom right of the front pastedown. Full burgundy crushed morocco with two long-stemmed roses arranged in a crossing pattern and accented with leaves and thorns. Spine gilt with five raised bands, title in second compartment, and remaining compartments tooled with a central Tudor rose surrounded by leaves in gilt. Wide turn-ins with large floral gilt tooling at each corner. Burgundy and gold marbled end papers. TEG. Limited to 100 copies, "specially illumined by hand," of which this is #51. Signed with Elbert Hubbard's initials, as well as by the illuminator M. Johnson. This appears to be a deluxe or special edition, not only bound by Roycroft, but also quite attractively hand-illuminated throughout in a very pleasing manner, with vignettes in watercolor and gilt throughout. The text is set in Antiqua Old Style, with the preface set in Monotype Series #16, printed on Ruisdael handmade paper. Fine. This edition not noted in either Ogle or McKenna. Full morocco bindings by Roycroft Bindery are highly sought-after.
Price: $1,750.00 Item #6128