What a find! A pair of vintage brown chalkware bookends displaying Roycrofter Elbert Hubbard, reading and sitting on a pile ...
moreWhat a find! A pair of vintage brown chalkware bookends displaying Roycrofter Elbert Hubbard, reading and sitting on a pile of books, together with a vintage copy of his 1923 posthumous book, 'Elbert Hubbard's Scrap Book.'
The sturdy vintage bookends, composed of chalk (plaster) and the Art Nouveau hardcover book (originally 1923) are uncommon together. But here, they make a warm and wonderful accessory for any 1920s setting or for any shelf fully of admirable old books. Both the bookends and the book are in very good condition. The illustrated 228-page book is in unread condition, with just minor wear to the spine and corners. Originally published in 1923, this is an undated reprint - likely from the early 1940s (an undated wartime edition). The bookends also are in very good, undamaged condition - no chips or dings. The bottoms are felt-lined! They are likely from the early 1940s - perhaps Hubbard had another popular moment back then.
Today, Hubbard is best-known as the founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York. An early pioneer in the Arts & Crafts movement, Hubbard wrote book("A Message to Garcia") and also published them alongside the metal and Mission Style artists in the Roycroft community. The Scrap Book was published after his death aboard the Lusitania in 1915, It is a compilation works by some of the greats in literature, and poetry; Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ward Beecher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and many more. Published by the American Book Stratford Press (and William H. Wise), the book features Art Nouveau type and vivid orange lettering. The pictorial end papers show The Roycroft Inn. the Print Shop, The Tower and a Bronze Statue of "The Craftsman, Michelangelo" on the Roycroft lawn. less
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