East Aurora, NY: Roycrofters, 1897. Boards. 8vo, Red quarter cloth over boards. Hand-pressed paper with untrimmed edges. Title page on Japan paper tipped in. Hand-illuminated initials and hand-painted watercolor flowers throughout. 62 pp.
Presentation copy. Hand-numbered and initialed by Hubbard on colophon, followed by a separate gift inscription to E.M. Love, who was Edith Maclure Love, a friend to Hubbard, Stephen Crane, and Walt Whitman. Minor shelf wear, with some rubbing to edges and some scuffs to spine pastedown. A few scuffs to boards and some darkening from sunning.
This is a very scarce book of naturalist essays by environmentalist and journalist Knapp, published by Elbert Hubbard and Roycrofters. It is a limited edition (numbered 281 of 600) initialed, signed, and inscribed by Hubbard. The hand-illuminations and watercolor flowers throughout are bright and crisp, and they are unique from copy to copy. An excellent example of Roycroft craftsmanship and attention to detail. Very good. Item #1954