Sold: LOVE LIFE WORK Dard Hunter Design 1906 Roycroft Suede Book by Elbert Hubbard VG+


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Here is Love Life Work, a book written by Elbert Hubbard and published in 1906 by the Roycrofters. 150 pages plus colophon. The cover, title page, initials and ornaments in the book are beautifully crafted by famed papermaker and designer Dard Hunter. The cover is a deep brown suede (between the browns in the 2nd and 3rd photos), with matching moire endpapers. The pages are printed in red and black ink. 1st and only edition of Hubbard’s musings, as he puts it “being a book of opinions reasonably good natured concerning how to obtain the highest happiness for one’s self with the least possible harm to others”. ( I believe it includes some of Hubbard’s essays from The Philistine.) Later Elbert’s wife Alice published a companion book in similar format entitled “Woman’s Work”. There is a nice frontispiece of Elbert by Otto Schneider protected with a tissue guard.

The book is in very good plus condition. The suede is intact and clean with little wear, even on the spine. The binding is solid, and the silk bookmark is present but detached and a fraying at the ends. The pages are clean and in very good condition with no writing or tears noted. A lovely copy overall.