Here is a wonderful fine binding edition of “The Philosophy of Elbert Hubbard”, one of a limited edition of only 13 copies printed on Japan Vellum by the Roycrofters in 1916. Published just after Elbert Hubbard’s death on the Lusitania and signed by his son, Elbert Hubbard II. With a beautiful “3/4 levant” binding with brown Morocco leather and marbled endpapers. Spine with highly detailed gilt design and lettering; in near fine condition! Exterior is fine, binding is tight, light age toning to pages and a little staining to back of frontispiece of Hubbard. Otherwise clean and unmarked.
A lovely little book and scarce, not in McKenna.
An American Religion according to Hubbard in the front: “Work, Play, Breathe, Bathe, Study, Laugh, Live, Love”
The Roycroft press specialized in hand-made and hand-illumined books during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Led by Elbert Hubbard, this was a semi-Utopian artist’s community where employees played the piano, took classes, and participated in sports as part of their daily onsite routine. Hubbard was a writer, philosopher, and astute businessman who has been both loved and vilified throughout the years. Despite his faults, there is no doubt that he produced beautiful books. Browse the Roycroft section of my store and see for yourself. As with my Oz inventory, I will try to keep a selection of unusual items in stock.