Rip Van Winkle, Foreward By Joseph Jefferson. Washington Irving, Dard Hunter, Elbert Hubbard.
Rip Van Winkle, Foreward By Joseph Jefferson
Rip Van Winkle, Foreward By Joseph Jefferson

Rip Van Winkle, Foreward By Joseph Jefferson

East Aurora, New York: Roycrofters, 1905. Octavo. Item #027409

48 pages with a foreword By Joseph Jefferson. Since the turn of the century, Hubbard wanted to find something entirely new and experimental. In June 1903, Dard Hunter (1883-1966), then only nineteen came to East Aurora, who designed format, designed the title pages and end pieces and plan the finest typographical layouts. In Hunter's autobiography he describes his training at Roycroft and concludes that: "Mr. Hubbard probably had more influence in the development of book-collecting than any other person of his generation" (My Life with Paper, pp. 29-43). Dard Hunter's designs show that he carefully studied the German and Austrian periodicals. His style was a formalized Art Nouveau. This clarity was lacking in the earlier Roycroft books. His work was a departure from the work of Samuel Warner. Even though Dard Hunter left East Aurora in 1910 to continue his studies in Vienna, his borders and spot decorations were used in later editions of the Roycrofter books. The term "eke women" was those many self-sufficient women who came among the hundreds who wanted to work in producing books and furniture in East Aurora which was the center of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Here Hunter uses a stylized naturalism that is most effective both as title page illustration and as design for a page of type and Hubbard gives him credit on the attribution page. Elizabeth W. Crowell was the original owner, followed by Glen O. Fowler in 1966. Each obviously were serious collectors since the book is in near fine condition. Bound in red suede stamped in blind, red silk pastedowns, yapped edges, a little loss of red coloring to rear upper yapped edge, previous owner’s name.

Price: $130.00