The Man of Sorrows

Book courtesy of Dick Blacher. Pictures and comments courtesy of Paul Jackson.

Man of Sorrows

by Elbert Hubbard, 1904/1905
#2 of 100

This book measures 8" x 5" and has 112 pages plus colophon. The text body was set in  Scotch Roman and printed on Imperial Japan Vellum. The title page, initials, and colophon are hand illumined.  The binding above is finely executed and is in the style of Lorenz Schwartz, but, Schwartz did not arrive at the Roycroft until approximately 1907. The binding is unsigned and may have been executed later by Schwartz before he started signing bindings, but that is just speculation. It has been opined by a knowledgeable collector that this may also be a Kinder binding but I don't feel that the pointille is fine or precise enough to be by Kinder, well maybe Kinder on a bad day. Kinder was a perfectionist and there are some small errors in this binding.

LORENZ SCHWARTZ --- This Danish binder worked at the bindery from about 1907 to 1915 and again, from 1928 to 1947. Schwartz learned his craft in Germany. He came to the United States in 1904 and worked for Otto Zahn in Memphis before joining the Roycroft. His books are signed with one of several variations of his monogram. His finest productions are Masterpieces comparable in quality to Louis Herman Kinder's work.

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