HUBBARD, Elbert (1856-1915)
American writer, publisher, artist and philosopher.
SIGNED LIMITED EDITION BOOK: A Message to Garcia and Thirteen Other Things; 1901; published by The Roycrofters, East Aurora,New York. Limp, blue leather binding (new), measure 6″x9″, 166 pages. This is #331 of a limited edition of #450 signed by Elbert Hubbard twice and containing two ORIGINAL manuscript pages bound in. Hand tinted title page, colophon, and initial letters. Also signed by the illuminator. Scare and desirable. Nota bene: the first edition of this opus was published in 1898. Similar copies of this volume have sold for upwards of $500.
Raised in Hudson, Illinois, Hubbard met with early success as a traveling salesman with Buffalo’s Larkin Soap Company. Today he is mostly known as the founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York, an influential exponent of the Arts & Crafts Movement. The Roycroft Campus Corporation was recognized by the National Historic Monuments Committee.
Among Hubbard’s many publications were nine: Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, and the acclaimed short story A Message to Garcia. Hubbard and his second wife, Alice Moore Hubbard, died aboard the RMS Lusitania that was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915.