East Aurora, New York: The Roycroft Shop, 1908. Item #03070
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HUBBARD, Elbert. The Complete Writings of Elbert Hubbard. East Aurora, New York: The Roycroft Shop, [1908-1915].
Author’s Edition. Limited to 1,000 numbered sets, signed by the author, this being Number 885. Twenty large quarto volumes (11 3/8 x 7 3/4 inches; 289 x 195 mm.). Title-pages printed in red and black. Photogravure frontispieces and plates. With two pages of Autograph Manuscript in pencil mounted between pp. 124 and 125 in Volume I. Printed on Roycroft handmade paper in black and reddish brown with large decorative initials in green and reddish brown. Title-page and initial letters designed by Dard Hunter.
Publisher’s three-quarter dark blue levant morocco, decoratively tooled in blind, over blue boards. Spines decoratively tooled in gilt and blind and lettered in gilt in compartments, top edge gilt, others uncut. Neat ink signature on front blank of first volume. Some light 'mottling' to board sides but still a very fine set.
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), “founded an art colony in East Aurora (near Buffalo, N.Y.), where his Roycroft Press imitated with more enthusiasm than success the typography of William Morris’s Kelmscott Press…Among his numerous writings is the series of 170 Little Journeys to homes of great men [English Authors, Great Musicians, Eminent Artists, Eminent Orators, Great Philosophers, Great Scientists, Great Lovers, and Great Reformers]. His best-known work is the narrative essay A Message to Garcia (1899), a typical, timely, Hubbard-inspirational account of an incident in the Spanish-American War, which appealed to industrial magnates so poignantly that they distributed countless copies to promote greater efficiency among their employees. Hubbard died in the sinking of the Lusitania” (The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature).
"Hubbard described himself as an anarchist and a socialist. He believed in social, economic, domestic, political, mental and spiritual freedom. In A Message to Garcia and Thirteen Other Things (1901), Hubbard explained his Credo by writing "I believe John Ruskin, William Morris, Henry Thoreau, Walt Whitman and Leo Tolstoy to be Prophets of God, and they should rank in mental reach and spiritual insight with Elijah, Hosea, Ezekiel and Isaiah."
McKenna 158, 177, 194, 205, 210, 216, and 227.