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1899 Thoreau FRIENDSHIP Roycroft Roycrofters W W Denslow Initials Illumined Book


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Here is a nice early Roycroft title, “The Essay on Friendship” by Henry D Thoreau, with initials designed by Wizard of Oz illustrator W W Denslow (Greene & Hearn, Spring 2015 Bum Bugle). Published by the Roycrofters on 10 July 1899, 53 numbered pages, 7 3/4″ x 6 1/4″. Bound in limp suede with yellow silk endpapers; initials illumined in watercolor. .

In good plus condition. The suede is in very good condition except for a small tear at top of spine and light stain on rear cover. Inside, endpaper is split and first 4 leaves are partially detached. Pages are clean save for browning on two pages due to something previously laid in. Still a lovely example of early Roycroft and Denslow work!