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Auction Description for PBA Galleries: Sale 537: Roycroft Press from the Library of Clifford J. Awald, plus Fine Bindings - Illustrated & Childrens Books

Sale 537: Roycroft Press from the Library of Clifford J. Awald, plus Fine Bindings - Illustrated & Childrens Books

by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers


518 lots | 516 with images

July 17, 2014

Live Auction

133 Kearny Street 4th Floor

San Francisco, CA, 94108 USA

Phone: (415) 989-2665

Fax: (415) 989-1664

Email: pba@pbagalleries.com

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Four works by Irving Bacheller, finely bound at the Roycroft bindery

Lot 1: Four works by Irving Bacheller, finely bound at the Roycroft bindery

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Description: Includes: Eben Holden. Full black morocco, gilt rule border, spine lettered in gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt. Roycroft blindstamp inside rear cover. Boston: Lothrop, 1901. Keeping Up With Lizzie. Three-quarter black morocco and marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt. Roycroft watermark endpapers. NY: Harpers, 1901. Darrel of the Blessed Isles. Three-quarter black morocco, spine lettered in gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt. Roycroft watermark endpapers. Ind.: Bobbs-Merrill, [1900]. D'ri and I. Three-quarter maroon morocco, spine lettered in gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt. Roycroft watermark endpapers. Boston: Lothrop, [1901]. Together four octavo volumes.

Condition Report: Fine.

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The Story of a Passion

Lot 2: The Story of a Passion

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Description: [vi], 14, [3] pp. Title page and decorations illumined by hand. (8vo) 19.5x14 cm (7¾x5½") period three-quarter brown morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, top edge gilt.

Condition Report: Rubbed, hinges cracked; very good.

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The Story of a Passion - One of 50 copies printed on Japan vellum, hand-illumined

Lot 3: The Story of a Passion - One of 50 copies printed on Japan vellum, hand-illumined

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Description: [vi], 14, [3] pp. Title page and decorations illumined by hand. (8vo) 19.5x14 cm (7¾x5½") original three-quarter brown levant morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, top edge gilt. No. 25 of 50 copies printed on Japan vellum.

Condition Report: Fine.

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Love Ballads of the XVIth Century

Lot 4: Love Ballads of the XVIth Century

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Description: 120, [1] pp. Some initial letter illumination. (8vo) original cloth-backed boards, paper spine label. First Edition.

Condition Report: Light wear, boards scuffed; very good.

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The Book of Job

Lot 5: The Book of Job

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Description: [iv], 9-142, [1] pp. Initial letters and decoration illumined by hand throughout. (8vo) original linen-backed boards, lettered in gilt. No. 88 of 350 copies.

Condition Report: Some light wear to boards; internally fine.

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The Book of Job - One of 40 copies illuminated by Bertha C. Hubbard

Lot 6: The Book of Job - One of 40 copies illuminated by Bertha C. Hubbard

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Description: [iv], 9-142, [1] pp. Initial letters and decoration illumined by hand throughout, approximately 12 original watercolor drawings by Bertha Hubbard in the margins. (8vo) original linen-backed boards, lettered in gilt. No. 5 of 350 copies.

Condition Report: Light wear and soiling; internally fine.

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Exhibition of Sculpture by Gutzon Borglum, Avery Library, Columbia University

Lot 7: Exhibition of Sculpture by Gutzon Borglum, Avery Library, Columbia University

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Description: 46 pp. Illustrations from photographs. 21x10.5 cm (8¼x4¼") three-quarter brown morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, top edge gilt. 

Condition Report: Fine.

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Ballads of a Book-Worm

Lot 8: Ballads of a Book-Worm

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Description: [ii], 120, [3] pp. Title page and initial letters illumined by hand. (8vo) original boards, paper labels on front and spine. No. 566 of 850 copies.

Condition Report: Spine sunned, light wear; very good.

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Sonnets from the Portuguese

Lot 9: Sonnets from the Portuguese

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Description: Illuminated initial letters throughout. (4to) original linen-backed boards, lettered in gilt. No. 302 of 480 copies.

Condition Report: Binding lightly soiled; very good.

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The Last Ride

Lot 10: The Last Ride

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Description: [4], x, [1] pp. Illuminated by hand. (8vo) original full limp vellum, ribbon ties. No. 503 of 940 copies. 

Condition Report: Vellum rippled, lacking one tie, another broken, bookplate; very good.

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Poems

Lot 11: Poems

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Description: [ii], 231 pp. Mounted photographic frontispiece and plates. (8vo) 20x13.5 cm (8x5¼") original full brown morocco, boards ruled in gilt, gilt floral devices at fore edges of covers, Colt family crest at upper corner of front cover, gilt dentelles, top edge gilt. First Edition.

Condition Report: Small stain on rear cover, smaller stain to corner of front endpapers; near fine.

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Books to Burn! - color lithograph poster for

Lot 12: Books to Burn! - color lithograph poster for "The Philistine"

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Description: Original color lithograph poster, printed in orange, black, and pale green. 39x28.5 cm (15¼x11¼"). Archivally framed in period style, overall 47x36.5 cm (18½x14¼").

Condition Report: Creased at horizontal and vertical centers; else appears fine.

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The Intellectual Life

Lot 13: The Intellectual Life

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Description: [vi], 207 pp. (4to) 25.5x21 cm (10x8¼") original half olive suede and boards, lettered in gilt. Original two-part box. No. 343 of 960 copies.

Condition Report: Box worn, lower half lacking one side piece; volume lightly faded and rubbed; near fine.

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The Intellectual Life

Lot 14: The Intellectual Life

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Description: [vi], 207, [2] pp. Initial letters illuminated by hand throughout. (4to) three-quarter red morocco and marbled boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. No. 283 of 960 copies.

Condition Report: Fine

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The Elbert Hubbard I Knew: An Intimate Biography from the Heart and Pen of His Sister

Lot 15: The Elbert Hubbard I Knew: An Intimate Biography from the Heart and Pen of His Sister

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Description: 222 pp. Inserted plates from photographs. (4to) original brown morocco-backed orange boards. First Edition.

Condition Report: Fine.

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The Book of Songs - One of 100 printed on Japan vellum

Lot 16: The Book of Songs - One of 100 printed on Japan vellum

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Description: [4], xii, iv, 116, [3] pp. (8vo) 19.5x14.5 cm (7¾x5¾") original three-quarter blue-grey mottled calf and marbled boards, spine gilt, top edge gilt. No. 36 of 100 copies.

Condition Report: Minor wear, previous owner's name on flyleaf; about fine.

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Garnett and the Brindled Cow, Also Other Mothers

Lot 17: Garnett and the Brindled Cow, Also Other Mothers

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Description: Unpaginated. Photogravure frontispiece and three plates, borders hand-illuminated. (8vo) 24x15.5 cm (9½x6") original green half morocco and marbled boards, leather tooled in blind on sides, spine lettered in gilt. No. 675 of 1003 copies.

Condition Report: Spine and leather sides faded, previous owner's name stamped in ink on endpapers (Gribler's Music House, Astoria, Oregon); very good.

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The Myth in Marriage - Presented by the author to her daughter

Lot 18: The Myth in Marriage - Presented by the author to her daughter

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Description: 79, [1] pp. (12mo) 15.5x10 cm (6x4") original full brown calf stamped in blind, original felt-lined box. 

Condition Report: Box lightly worn; volume fine.

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Maud - One of 40 copies on Japan vellum, Bertha C. Hubbard's copy

Lot 19: Maud - One of 40 copies on Japan vellum, Bertha C. Hubbard's copy

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Description: [vi], 80, [3] pp. Decorations illuminated by hand. (8vo) 20x13 cm (8x5¼") original brown limp suede, lettered in gilt. No. 21 of 40 copies printed on Imperial Japan vellum, illumined by hand.

Condition Report: Light wear, small hole in fore edge of front cover, near fine.

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The Harriman Alaska Expedition

Lot 20: The Harriman Alaska Expedition

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Description: [iv], 118 pp. Illustrations from photographs, color plates, maps. (8vo) three-quarter brown morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, top edge gilt. Original wrappers bound in. 

Condition Report: Corners lightly rubbed; near fine.

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James McNeill Whistler [from] Brush and Pencil, Vol. XII, No. 5. - Elbert Hubbard's copy, inscribed to him by the

Lot 21: James McNeill Whistler [from] Brush and Pencil, Vol. XII, No. 5. - Elbert Hubbard's copy, inscribed to him by the "Roycroft Court Painter" Alexis Fournier

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Description: Illustrated. 26x19.5 cm (10¼x7¾") half brown morocco and boards (perhaps by the Roycroft bindery) spine lettered in gilt, slipcase.

Condition Report: Light wear; near fine.

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So Much of the Diary of Lady Willoughby as Relates to her Domestic History & to the Eventful Period of the Reign of Charles the First

Lot 22: So Much of the Diary of Lady Willoughby as Relates to her Domestic History & to the Eventful Period of the Reign of Charles the First

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Description: [iv], 220 pp. (8vo) 16.5x11 cm (6½x4¼") full brown morocco, stamped in blind, vellum onlays on front and rear, spine lettered in gilt, all edges gilt and gauffered. 

Condition Report: Light wear, front hinge cracked; very good.

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In Memoriam, Elbert and Alice Hubbard - a Hubbard family copy

Lot 23: In Memoriam, Elbert and Alice Hubbard - a Hubbard family copy

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Description: 358, [1] pp. (8vo) 18x13 cm (7x5¼") original blindstamped flexible calf.

Condition Report: Spine ends worn; near fine.

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Justinian and Theodora: A Drama - One of 106 copies on Japan vellum

Lot 24: Justinian and Theodora: A Drama - One of 106 copies on Japan vellum

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Description: 107, [2] pp. Dual portrait frontispieces. (8vo) 19.5x14.5 cm (7¾x5¾") original three-quarter brown morocco, spine gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt. No. 64 of 106 copies on Japan vellum.

Condition Report: Small scuff to lower corner of rear cover, previous owner's stamp on front flyleaf and final text leaf; near fine.

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As it Seems to Me: Being Some Philistine Essays Concerning Several Things

Lot 25: As it Seems to Me: Being Some Philistine Essays Concerning Several Things

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Description: 138, [1] pp. Photogravure portrait frontispiece. (8vo) 21.5x14 cm (8½x5½") later full olive levant morocco, stamped in gilt, spine gilt, raised bands, gilt dentelles, top edge gilt. Felt-lined box.

Condition Report: Box lightly worn; spine faded to brown; else fine.

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Consecrated Lives - One of 100 on Japan vellum

Lot 26: Consecrated Lives - One of 100 on Japan vellum

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Description: [xii], 101, [2] pp. Photogravure frontispiece of the Roycroft Chapel. (Small 4to) 21.5x17 cm (8½x6¾") original three-quarter brown morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, top edge gilt. No. 71 of 100 copies printed on Japan vellum.

Condition Report: Previous owner's name on front flyleaf (John J.F. York); else fine.

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Contemplations: Being Several Short Essays...Selected From the Writings of Elbert Hubbard and Heloise Hawthorne - One of 100 on Japan vellum.

Lot 27: Contemplations: Being Several Short Essays...Selected From the Writings of Elbert Hubbard and Heloise Hawthorne - One of 100 on Japan vellum.

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Description: Photogravure frontispiece portrait, title page in red and black. (4to) original three-quarter mustard morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt, original felt-lined box. No. 33 of 100 copies on Japan vellum.

Condition Report: Box worn; previous owner's name on front free endpaper; volume fine.

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Little Journey to the Home of Joaquin Miller - One of 100 copies on Japan vellum

Lot 28: Little Journey to the Home of Joaquin Miller - One of 100 copies on Japan vellum

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Description: [viii], 106, [3] pp. (8vo) 19.5x14.5 cm (7¾x5¾") original three-quarter mottled green calf and boards, spine gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt. No. 17 of 100 copies on Japan vellum.

Condition Report: Previous owner's name on front flyleaf; fine.

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Little Journeys to the Homes of Eminent Orators, Ingersoll

Lot 29: Little Journeys to the Homes of Eminent Orators, Ingersoll

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Description: [iv], 23-59, [2] pp. Inserted plates from photographs. Additionally illustrated with the insertion of an 8 line clipping from an autograph manuscript by Ingersoll. (8vo) 20x14.5 cm (8x5¾") full dark green levant morocco, elaborately tooled in gilt on covers and spine, full blue morocco doublures, gilt, silk endleaves. Period felt-lined box.

Condition Report: Box worn; volume fine.

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The Man of Sorrows. Being a Little Journey to the Home of Jesus of Nazareth - One of 100 copies printed on Japan vellum

Lot 30: The Man of Sorrows. Being a Little Journey to the Home of Jesus of Nazareth - One of 100 copies printed on Japan vellum

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Description: [x], 111, [2] pp. (8vo) 20x13 cm (8x5¼") original full green levant morocco, elaborately tooled in gilt with repeating geometric and floral devices, spine tooled in gilt, two gilt decorated wide raised bands, wide gilt dentelles, top edge gilt. Original felt-lined box. No. 23 of 100 copies printed on Japan vellum.

Condition Report: Box a bit worn; volume fine.

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The Man of Sorrows. Being a Little Journey to the Home of Jesus of Nazareth - One of 200 copies printed on Japan vellum

Lot 31: The Man of Sorrows. Being a Little Journey to the Home of Jesus of Nazareth - One of 200 copies printed on Japan vellum

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Description: [x], 120, [3] pp. (8vo) 20x13 cm (8x5¼") original three-quarter turquoise levant morocco and marbled boards, spine with gilt floral decorations, raised bands, top edge gilt. No. 142 of 200 copies printed on Japan vellum.

Condition Report: Spine a touch sunned, previous owner's ink stamp on front flyleaf and final leaf of text; near fine.

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A Message to Garcia and Thirteen Other Things

Lot 32: A Message to Garcia and Thirteen Other Things

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Description: [8], iv, (9)-166, [3] pp. Photogravure portrait frontispiece; hand-illumined title page, initial letters, headpieces, etc. (8vo) 22x14 cm (8¾x5½") original three-quarter blue-green morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, top edge gilt. No. 49 of 50 copies printed on Japan vellum and illuminated by hand.

Condition Report: Spine a touch sunned, light wear, book plate; near fine.

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The Mintage. Being Ten Stories and One More

Lot 33: The Mintage. Being Ten Stories and One More

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Description: 132, [1] pp. Title page and initial letters designed by Dard Hunter. (12mo) 18x11.5 cm (7x4½") original three-quarter blue levant morocco and boards, spine gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt, original felt-lined box. One of an unspecified number of copies printed on Japan vellum.

Condition Report: Minor wear to box; volume fine.

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Old John Burroughs

Lot 34: Old John Burroughs

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Description: [iv], 19, [2] pp. Portrait frontispiece and two-page facsimile manuscript on Japan vellum. (8vo) 20x12.5 cm (8x5") original blue-green morocco and tan boards, spine gilt, top edge gilt. 

Condition Report: Boards lightly soiled, previous owner's calling card tipped to front flyleaf; near fine.

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Old John Burroughs

Lot 35: Old John Burroughs

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Description: [iv], 19, [2] pp. Portrait frontispiece and two-page facsimile manuscript on Japan vellum. (8vo) 20x12.5 cm (8x5") original(?) brown suede and boards, tan calf spine label lettered in gilt, top edge gilt.

Condition Report: Rubbed, hinges cracked, bookplate; very good.

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Respectability, Its Rise and Remedy

Lot 36: Respectability, Its Rise and Remedy

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Description: [viii], 122, [1] pp. (8vo) 20x14.5 cm (8x5¾") original full modeled green-brown calf, elaborately tooled on front and rear, spine lettered in blind, top edge gilt. Original felt-lined box. 

Condition Report: Box with some light wear; volume fine.

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Thomas Jefferson

Lot 37: Thomas Jefferson

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Description: [viii], 105, [2] pp. (8vo) 20x12 cm (8x4¾") original three-quarter green morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, top edge gilt. No. 51 of 67 printed on Japan vellum.

Condition Report: Previous owner's ink stamp (Gribler Music House, Astoria, Oregon) on front flyleaf and final text leaf; else fine.

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Two volumes by Elbert Hubbard

Lot 38: Two volumes by Elbert Hubbard

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Description: Includes: The Liberators. Being adventures in the city of fine minds. (4to) original half pigskin and tan cloth, stamped in blind, top edge gilt. 1915. The Complete Writings of Elbert Hubbard. Volume 1 only. (4to) original brown half morocco and boards, stamped in blind and gilt, top edge gilt. No. 579 of 1000. Signed in Hubbard's name. 1908. Two volumes.

Condition Report: Second title spine sunned; else near fine.

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The Battle of Waterloo

Lot 39: The Battle of Waterloo

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Description: [6], 106, [1] pp. Portrait frontispiece. (12mo) 18x12 cm (7x4¾") original turquoise morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt. Original felt-lined box. No. 93 of 194 copies printed on Japan vellum. 

Condition Report: Box lightly worn; volume fine.

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Formulas for Bookbinders

Lot 40: Formulas for Bookbinders

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Description: [12], vii, [3], 115, [1] pp. With 2 plates picturing bindings by the author, including frontispiece; tissue guards. Title-page printed in red & black, shoulder notes in red. 29x22 cm. (11½x8¾"), original cloth-backed boards, original two part box. No. 410 of 490 copies printed in Imperial Japan Vellum.

Condition Report: Box worn, a few pieces lacking from edge panels; volume fine and rare thus.

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Elbert Hubbard and His Work

Lot 41: Elbert Hubbard and His Work

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Description: x, 154, [1] pp. 3 photogravure portraits (Albert Lane, Elbert Hubbard, & W.W. Denslow) and 8 plates from photographs. Title page and initial letters illuminated by hand. (4to) 25.5x19.5 cm (10x7¾") early full green levant morocco, stamped in gilt on covers, spine gilt, raised bands, gilt dentelles, silk doublures and endleaves, top edge gilt. From a De Luxe Edition of 25 copies, this copy not numbered.

Condition Report: Spine sunned, light wear; near fine.

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Art and Life

Lot 42: Art and Life

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Description: [iv], 13-91, [1] pp. Hand-illumined and with several original watercolor drawings in the margins. (8vo) original linen-backed boards, lettered in gilt. No. 78 of 109 copies printed on Japan vellum. 

Condition Report: Ex-library copy (Grosvenor Library, Buffalo, NY) with bookplate and penalty label on endpapers, a few internal markings; good.

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Art and Life - One of 109 copies printed on Japan vellum, inscribed to Elbert Hubbard's sister

Lot 43: Art and Life - One of 109 copies printed on Japan vellum, inscribed to Elbert Hubbard's sister

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Description: [iv], 13-91, [1] pp. Hand-illumined and with several original watercolor drawings in the margins. (8vo) original linen-backed boards, lettered in gilt. No. 88 of 109 copies printed on Japan vellum. 

Condition Report: A bit rubbed, cloth spine soiled, clipping pasted to rear endpaper; very good.

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Several volumes of Hubbard's

Lot 44: Several volumes of Hubbard's "Little Journeys" series, in various formats

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Description: Includes: Little Journeys...Eminent Orators. 2 volumes.  Little Journeys...Eminent Artists. 2 volumes. Little Journeys...Great Musicians. 2 volumes. The above 6 volumes uniformly bound in later three-quarter red morocco and marbled boards. Little Journeys...Great Musicians. Volume 2 only. Original morocco-backed boards. 1901. Little Journeys...Great Scientists. Volume 1 only. Full suede. Hand-illuminated. [1905]. Little Journeys to the Homes of Good Men and Great. Morocco-backed boards, buckle closure on fore edge. Presentation inscription from Elbert Hubbard's sister Frances Hubbard Larkin on endpaper. 1908. Little Journeys...John Milton. Full suede. Hand-illuminated. Signed in Hubbard's name. [1899]. Little Journeys...Thomas B. Macaulay. Full suede. Hand-illuminated. Signed in Hubbard's name. [1899]. Little Journeys...Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Full suede. Hand-illuminated. Signed in Hubbard's name. [1899]. Little Journeys...Lord Byron. Full suede. Hand-illuminated. Signed in Hubbard's name. [1899]. Little Journeys...William Morris. Full suede. Hand-illuminated. Signed in Hubbard's name. [1899]. Little Journeys...Samuel Pomeroy Colt. Full suede. [1915]. Together 15 volumes.

Condition Report: Some light wear; overall near fine.

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The Bhagavad Gita or the Divine Ode

Lot 45: The Bhagavad Gita or the Divine Ode

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Description: [xxx], 195, [3] pp. (12mo) 12x9 cm (4¾x3½") full brown morocco, spine gilt, edges dyed red. Second Edition.

Condition Report: Lightly rubbed; pencil markings throughout; very good.

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A Dream of John Ball

Lot 46: A Dream of John Ball

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Description: [iv], 9-147, [1] pp. Initial letters illumined by hand. (8vo) original linen-backed boards, lettered in gilt. No. 19 of 100 copies on Whatman hand-made paper.

Condition Report: Mildly soiled, previous owner's name on front flyleaf; near fine.

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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Lot 47: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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Description: Unpaginated. (12mo) 15.5x8.5 cm (6x3½") original full brown calf, stamped in blind. Original felt-lined box.

Condition Report: Box worn; volume fine.

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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Lot 48: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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Description: [12], 67 pp. (Oblong 8vo) 14.5x20 cm (5¾x8") original full limp suede, stamped in blind, lettered in gilt. No. 681 of 920 copies.

Condition Report: Edges worn, previous owner's name on endpaper; very good.

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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Lot 49: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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Description: 75, [2] pp. Title page and initial letters designed by W.W. Denslow. (8vo) 17x14.5 cm (6¾x5¾") original three-quarter grey morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, top edge gilt. No. 80 of 103 copies on Imperial Japan vellum.

Condition Report: Minor wear; fine.

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A Dog of Flanders - One of 110 copies on Japan Vellum

Lot 50: A Dog of Flanders - One of 110 copies on Japan Vellum

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Description: [vi], 90, [3] pp. (8vo) 20.5x14.5 cm (8x5¾") original three-quarter green morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt. No. 53 of 110 copies on Japan vellum.

Condition Report: Previous owner's name stamped on front and rear flyleaves; else fine.

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