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Justinian and Theodora.

HUBBARD (Elbert and Alice).

HUBBARD (Elbert and Alice).

Justinian and Theodora. A Drama Being a Chapter of History and the One Gleam of Light During the Dark Ages.

Double title-page decorated in black, red and yellow, and matching headpieces and colophon in black and yellow. Two signed portraits of Elbert and Alice Hubbard.

First Edition. 8vo. [199 x 149 x 15 mm]. 107, [2] pp. Contemporary binding of half reddish-pink goatskin, marbled paper sides. The spine divided into six panels, lettered in the first and the second with small leaves and dots, the other panels with rows of leaves and dots, marbled endleaves, top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. (Small worm holes at the head of the third panel on the spine and at the lower corner of the rear turn-in). Contained within the original card-board drop-over box, lined with felt and lettered on a paper label.
East Aurora: The Roycrofters, 1906.

A fine copy of this delightfully produced work, in an equally attractive Roycroft binding. It is No.15 of 106 copies printed on genuine Japan vellum and signed by Elbert Hubbard.

Elbert Green Hubbard (1856-1915) was a successful soap salesman for J.D. Larkin & Co. in Buffalo, whose life was changed on a visit to England and a meeting with William Morris. Returning to the States, he wrote of his travels and set up a press, the Roycroft, in emulation of the Kelmscott Press. In 1895 he founded a community, the Roycrofters, at East Aurora.

Besides printing a long list of titles, they also operated a fine bindery, a furniture shop and shops producing modelled leather and hammered copper goods. In 1904 Hubbard married Alice Moore, a school teacher and noted feminist. In 1915 the two of them went down on the Lusitania.

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Price: £750