Head, Heart and Hand: Elbert Hubbard and The Roycrofters
1994·Rochester, New York
by Via, Marie; Marjorie B. Searl
Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press, 1994. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press, 1994. Fine/near fine. Green cloth with gilt spine titles, dust jacket, 22 by 28.5 cm, viii 168 pp., illus. Fine in near fine jacket with light sun fading on the spine panel. Includes two lengthy, heart-felt inscriptions from the authors to a previous owner – who contributed matter to this work – and short inscriptions from two of the photographers at the back. From the jacket: Head, Heart and Hand is published to accompany the exhibition of the same name, the first major assemblage of objects produced at the Royroft community in upstate New York under the leadership of the charismatic Elbert Hubbard. A consummate entrepreneur, Hubbard successfully married capitalism with basic tenets of the Arts and Crafts ideology. Although clearly influenced by the work of European designers, the Roycrofters sought to personify the best aspects of American character in their work, which is strong, spare, and often surprisingly refined. A sociological overview anchors the Roycroft community and its turn-of-the-century milieu, and the history of the Roycroft shops is examined in essays on the books, furniture, metal work, and leathercraft they produced. Other topics include the artists attracted to the communitys creative environment, contemporary first-person impressions garnered from entries in the guest registers of the Roycroft Inn, and Hubbard's role in the creation of Americas consumer culture through his trademark brand of advertising and promotion. Heavily illustrated in [mostly] full-color. (os)
(Inventory #: 1926)
books-on-books, art, African art and ritual, bookplates (ex libris), poetry, radical social movements, punks, mods and skins, scooters and motorcycles, bicycles and cycling, experimental music, and more.
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