The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
Done into a Book by the Roycrofters at their Shop.East Aurora, NY: The Roycrofters, 1905 Stock Code: 142011
A nice arts and crafts association copyFirst Roycrofters edition, number 19 of 100 copies on Japan vellum, signed by Hubbard, and inscribed on the first blank "To Margaret Scott, Royal Roycrofter, with all kind wishes from her Uncle, Elbert Hubbard".
The recipient, the actress, poet, and playwright Margaret Scott Oliver (1879-1930), was not in fact Hubbard's niece. Settled in the arts and crafts community at Rose Valley, Pennsylvania, Margaret Scott Oliver was hosted at Hubbard's home while being his student and becoming proficient in making and marketing Roycroft products. She was then put in charge of the first Roycroft shop established outside of East Aurora, in Philadelphia. Her arts and crafts bookplate with her maiden name Margaret Hunter Scott is affixed to the front pastedown.
Quarto (193 x 143 mm). Publisher's presentation binding in red half morocco, titles and sunflower motifs in gilt direct to spine, marbled boards and endpapers, red silk bookmark, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
Printed in orange and black, opening initials heightened in gilt.
Corners a touch rubbed, the binding otherwise firm and unfaded, internally crisp; a near-fine copy.
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