MESSAGE TO GARCIA Hubbard Roycroft Roycrofters Original 1899 NY Central Railroad Ad


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Here is a very early version of “A Message to Garcia”, the inspirational missive that launched Elbert Hubbard to fame in 1899. Printed by the Roycrofters in East Aurora, New York. This book has no date other than the 1899 copyright, with an ad on the back for the book “Time & Chance” which also came out in 1899. Pages in black and red, 6″ x 8″ and only 9 numbered pages, with an ad in the back for the New York Central railroad line as well as lifetime membership in Hubbard’s “Academy of Immortals” foronly $10 . A harder to find early version.

Book is in near very good condition. Exterior has a edge little creasing and light streaks. Threaded binding still intact, inner pages are nice with some age toning to endpapers and edges.

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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.