1941] · [Chicago
Gorgeously rendered manuscript tribute to a prominent lawyer, financial advisor, and railroad executive remembered fondly for "his public spirit, his high personal character, his urbanity and his loyalty as a friend." Follansbee was a Harvard graduate (and notably active alumnus, serving as president of the Associated Clubs of Harvard) who studied law at Northwestern University prior to becoming a board member and director of the Erie Railroad Company.
¬†¬†¬†¬†This admiring hand-accomplished homage to Follansbee's life and career was commissioned by his fellow directors and => beautifully calligraphed and illuminated on vellum by the Harris Engrossing Studio of Chicago. The capitals are accomplished in whitework, gilt, purple, and green, and the text in an even, handsome modern Gothic hand, with a gilt border surrounding the text on each page. Each leaf is protected by a moir√©-patterned tissue guard. The final page was signed by the chairman and the secretary of the board, and pressure-stamped with the Erie Railroad Company's seal.
¬†¬†¬†¬†Binding: Dark blue morocco framed in gilt double fillets and panelled in a dotted gilt roll with gilt-tooled corner fleurons; spine with gilt-ruled raised bands and gilt-framed compartments. Turn-ins tooled to echo covers, cream moir√© silk endpapers, all edges gilt. Binding as above, edges and extremities showing slight sunning and wear. Vellum (expectably) cockled. => Lovely, unique, beautifully bound, and an impressive showcase both of modern calligraphy and of Follansbee's impact. (Inventory #: 38417)