East Aurora, New York: The Roycrofters, 1903. Grace Fournier. Hardcover. Fine. Item #17985
Thin folio. 36pp. One of a few 'tall' copies printed on Roycroft handmade paper. Roycrofter records for this period are scant so the total print run of tall copies is unknown but is believed to be fairly limited. The 1905 and 1906 catalogues list the
printing numbers only as "a few". This copy is bound in 3/4 brown levant morocco, marbled paper sides and matching endpapers. The spine is in six compartments with raised bands, and each compartment but the title is exquisitely tooled in a gilt floral motif with colored flower petals. The binding is believed to be by Danish binder Lorenz Schwartz. The colophon identifies the illuminator as Grace Fournier, the daughter of Alexis Fournier. Fournier and his family moved to East Aurora to work for Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters in 1903, the same year as the publication of this title. There are two beautifully illuminated initials in the text, one of them in purple, pink and green with gilt initial, the other in red and green with gilt initial. The colophon is illumined in shades of blue, green and purple, and signed by Grace Fournier. There is a lengthy dedicatory inscription beautifully calligraphed in an arts and crafts style; also by Fournier?? In remarkably fine condition with only a trace of wear to one corner, and the boards yawning a bit.