A Presentation Copy of a Work on Women's Equality, In Fine Morocco by One of the Top Roycroft Binders


(East Aurora, New York: The Roycroft Shop, 1909). 234 x 172 mm. (9 1/8 x 6 3/4"). 1 p.l., 194, [2] pp. FIRST EDITION.

SUPERB VIOLET CRUSHED MOROCCO BY HARRY AVERY OF THE ROYCROFT BINDERY (front turn-in with blind-stamped "H A"; rear turn-in with Roycroft device), covers with small blue morocco rectangles inlaid at corners, upper cover with titling in blind enclosed by a fan-shaped frame tooled in blind and inlaid with brown morocco, this accented with six of the distinctive Roycroft roses in pink morocco, raised bands, spine panels with blind-tooled lettering or inlays of rose or brown morocco, very wide turn-ins tooled with blind rules, gray and pink paste paper endpapers, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. In a suede-lined marbled paper clamshell box with printed paper label on tile end of lid. Title page, initials, and ornaments designed by Dard Hunter, printed in sage green and apricot. With frontispiece photogravure of Alice Hubbard with a student and portraits of the seven individuals profiled, all with original tissue guards. Printed on Japanese vellum. Verso of front free endpaper with woodcut bookplate of William F. Gable; front flyleaf inscribed in ink: "To William F. Gable / with every beautiful wish / Alice Hubbard." ◆AN IMMACULATE COPY.

This is a handsomely bound presentation copy of an instructive and inspiring series profiling important activists in the fight for women's rights, authored by the wife of Arts & Crafts luminary Elbert Hubbard. Alice Moore Hubbard was teaching school when she first met Hubbard, then a married soap salesman. They formed an intellectual friendship that blossomed into a love affair; this resulted in the birth of a daughter and, eventually, the end of Hubbard's first marriage. After Alice and Elbert wed in 1904, she quickly became a leading force in the innovative Roycroft enterprises founded and overseen by her husband. "Head, Heart, and Hand," a history of the Roycrofters, describes Alice as Elbert's "equal in all ways," and notes that she "proved to be simultaneously his intellectual mentor, a skillful business manager, and a nationally renowned advocate for women's rights." Having more of a head for business than her philosophical husband, she oversaw the running of the Roycroft Inn, Print Shop, and other businesses, while also writing books and articles, many of which focused on the rights of women. She prefaces the present work with these statements: "Until woman has obtained . . . the ballot . . . agitation must still go on, absorbing the time and energy of our best and strongest women" and "No woman has a right to die until she has done something for womankind." Alice herself fought for suffrage until the end of her life (which came, along with Elbert's, in the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915). The individuals discussed in the present volume--Susan B. Anthony, Unitarian minister David Swing, Mary Wollstonecraft, Robert Louis Stevenson, philosopher and educator Friedrich Froebel, Henry David Thoreau, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton--all contributed in different ways to the ideal of equality for women. Alice had this book bound by a talented workman in the Roycroft Bindery operated by Louis Kinder. "Head, Heart, and Hand" deems Harry Avery "one of Kinder's most inventive assistants." The book's ornaments were designed by perhaps Roycroft's most notable craftsman, Dard Hunter (1883-1966), who explored the breadth of book production as few others have: he was an author, paper maker, type designer, graphic artist, and printer. The style of the bookplate in our volume suggests that it is also the work of Hunter, or at least another Roycrofter. It was made for book collector William F. Gable, a department store owner from Altoona, Pennsylvania, apparently a friend and supporter of Roycroft.

Price: $9,500.00