Here’s an unusual book with Roycroft connections about a conference of The Society for Electrical Development in 1913. The participants included Roycroft founder Elbert Hubbard, as well as electrical genius Charles P Steinmetz. Thomas Edison wasn’t able to attend at the last minute, but sent letters to the attendees. The 3/4 leather “Camp Cooperation” Proceedings book was published by the Association Island Corporation and printed by Hubbard’s Roycrofters after the event in 1914. It includes a lecture by Hubbard titled simply “Cooperation”, and a more technical one by Steinmetz, as well as transcription of talks by the other attendees. Each chapter has an leading portrait of the presenter with a tissue guard. The front of the book has a copy of the letter Edison sent attendees. An elaborate production.
The exterior of the book is fair, with substantial wear to the exterior leather as shown, with some splitting and erosion of spine (gilt label still intact) and corners worn down to boards. The interior is very good with tight binding and light wear; silk bookmark still present.
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