Sold: Hand Illumined 1896 Art & Life Roycroft Ltd Vellum Edn, Clara Schlegel, Bertha Hubbard Book, Vernon Lee


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Here is a beautiful copy of “Art and Life”, the third book of Elbert Hubbard’s fledgling Roycroft press. This 1896 edition on Japan vellum was limited to just 109 copies (the regular edition having 352 copies), and has special watercolor illumination by Bertha Hubbard and Clara Schlegel throughout. In addition to the regular hard colored initials, there are various floral and figural paintings in the margin, two signed “C.S.” for one of the best illuminators, Clara Schlegel. I believe I’ve captured all the extra illuminations in the many photos provided. Some of the images, particular the one with a carafe and glasses of wine!, show the influence of W W Denslow, who began working with Hubbard around this time. This book is being released from my personal collection, since I have found another copy. It was deaccessioned from Buffalo’s Grosvenor Library sometime prior to their closing in 1963.

The exterior has moderate edge and corner wear. The interior has an old Grosvenor Library bookplate that is marked “Discarded by the Grovsenor Library–dup” and also has their old library card laid in that says they had 2 copies. A couple blank pages have inventory numbers. The binding and hinges are tight. The pages are in very good condition. A nice copy, especially since no other of this edition are available online, and the specially illuminated copies are getting harder and harder to find.

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