Here is another early paper version of “A Message to Garcia”, the inspirational missive that launched Elbert Hubbard to fame in 1899. Printed by the Roycrofters in East Aurora, New York. Unusual in that there are only 9 numbered pages; other 1899 versions I have seen have 11 or 14. I believe this is reference McKenna’s #46b. It has one illumined initial designed by W W Denslow, with a sea monster and signed by him with a tiny seahorse at lower left of the design. Denslow was a Roycrofter before he illustrated the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. About 6″ by 8″ and only 11 numbered pages (some other printings dated 1899 have 14). Also, this printing has a different version of the Denslow initial–a large ship instead of the sea monster in the 14 page version. The back cover reads in part: “We have reprinted the article for the benefit of those Discerning Ones who appreciate a good thing. Done in booklet form, on Holland handmade paper, with one illumined initial, price 10c each”.
Booklet in very good condition, with a small smudge on front cover, age toning to endpapers, otherwise clean and unmarked. Original thread binding still intact. Unusual early copy of Hubbard’s classic essay, with the added Denslow connection.