Here is a very nice Roycroft 3/4 levant leather edition of White Hyacinths inscribed by Elbert Hubbard, copyright 1907. In addition to the beautiful binding, the book is hand inscribed by Hubbard to John D Archbold, an American oil man whose company was bought out by Standard Oil. The book’s title page and internal ornaments were designed by Dard Hunter. The book is Number 178 of an edition of just 207 copies, measures 4 ¾” by 6 5/8” and printed on Japan Vellum, with marbled endpapers. Spine with raised bands and gilt lettering and a hyacinth design. This book opens with one of my favorite Hubbard quotes: “If I had but two loaves of bread, I would sell one of them and buy White Hyacinths to feed my soul”. Let this book feed your soul!
Book is in near fine condition. Leather is clean, spine looks virtually new, binding and hinges are solid. The leather is in great shape. There are bookseller’s pencil notations and old price on front blank endpaper (could be erased. Silk bookmark still attached. Pages are clean. A very nice Roycroft item; these levant bindings are getting harder and harder to find in collectible condition.