Here is a full levant-bound “Elbert Hubbard and His Work: A Biography, a Sketch, and a Bibliography” book, self published in 1901 by Albert Lane. This book is an early biography and short bibliography of Hubbard, who started the Roycrofters Arts and Crafts community. 154 pages, with several lavish photographic plates–see the many photos provided. There is also several important mentions of Oz illustrator W W Denslow, such as “That quaint little sea-horse, or hippocampus, so familiar to readers of the Philistine, and for years the sign of the Roycrofters, is the work of “Den”, and has been his own signature for many years.”
Printed at the Blanchard Press, possibly bound at Roycroft or by former Roycrofter John Grabau (the regular edition is in cloth boards). The stunning leather design were obviously executed by an extremely skilled hand, but alas it is unsigned. The front and back cover have four gilt flowers in the corners, and an incised Art Deco border. Inside has gilt dentelles and marbled endpapers. Gilt top edge an floral tooling to spine also. Simply gorgeous–even the horizontal leather wrapped around the ends of the spine is gilt-tooled! 6″ x 8″ x 1″ thick. The title page is dated 1901, but the book was probably bound circa 1920 per the two 1922 gift inscriptions front and back (to Percy from his brother Bill).
The book is in very good condition. The leather is still in great shape, with a little wear at joints and some fading to the spine with age. Internally, the book is in very good condition with browning to edges of blank endpapers and the aforementioned two long gift inscriptions. A very special Roycroft-related item, that I would keep myself it I did not already have a different full leather version of this book!