first editionbound in brown suede spines with printed paper lablels over gray green boards, original wrappers bound in. All but vol. I with p
1895 - 1903·East Aurora
by [HUBBARD Elbert]
East Aurora: The Roycrofters. June, 1895 - 1903. First edition. bound in brown suede spines with printed paper lablels over gray green boards, original wrappers bound in. All but vol. I with protective brown plastic "cover" over spine with cut outs for labels. They peel off easily. Some spines with some wear to ends, slight spotting to some boards. A few volumes with slight damp staining to top edges, bookplate in each volume on front pastedown and name in ink on each front fly leaf, albeit a nice set. 12mo. Vol. ! Issue 1 - vol. XVI issue 6 Elbert Hubbard described himself well as "a businessman with a literary attachment." ... One of the highest paid lecturers in the United States (he received $2,500 a week on a vaudeville circuit), he was the author of six novels .... His most famous publication, however, is "The Philistine: A Periodical of Protest (1895-1915), a bibelot with a monthly circulation exceeding 100,000. Begun as a satirical attack on the editors who had rejected his submissions (including William Dean Howells and Edward Bok), his 'fadazine' was profitable from the beginning ... Both flaunting and regretting his 'outsider' status, this Midwesterner's acerbic observations, over two decades, regarding the Establishment and the leading figures and publications of his time are valuablet to a history of this period ..." -Bruce A. WhiteThe author, Elbert Hubbard, was an popular and influential writer, publisher, lecturer, artist, and transcendentalist philosopher at the turn of the 20th century. He helped establish Roycroft, an Arts and Crafts movement community in New York state in 1895. Roycroft had their own press, and since no major publications would print Mr. Hubbard’s stories, he decided to “protest” and print them himself.For over 20 years, the satirical magazine called The Philistine was printed “Every Little While”. It was bound in brown butcher paper because, Mr. Hubbard said, “There is meat inside.” The stories are delightful, and the typography is beautiful. There are also several pages of advertisements that are entertaining, though most of them are included in a single signature that were folded but not trimmed. Maybe it was bound that way purposefully but I can’t see most of the ads unless I dismantle the book, and I won't dare do that.Mr. Hubbard’s life sure was interesting, but so was his death. At one of his lectures, he was speaking about the Titanic, and spefically commended Mrs. Isador Straus who refused to board a lifeboat because it would mean leaving her husband behind. Mr. Hubbard stated, “... to pass out as did Mr. and Mrs. Isador Straus is glorious. Few have such a privilege. Happy lovers, both. In life they were never separated and in death they are not divided."As fate would have it, Mr. Hubbard and his wife Alice were aboard the Lusitania when it was torpedoed by the German submarine Unterseeboot 20. They, too, refused to abandon each other. Instead they went to the top deck with the other passengers, linked arms, calmly walked into a room and closed the door. A witness wrote, “It was apparent that his idea was that they should die together, and not risk being parted on going into the water.” - Lauren DiRusso. (Inventory #: 33931)
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