- San Francisco, CA: D.P. Elder and Morgan Shepard, 1902.
- suede, metal edges and hinges, floral design on front cover, suede endpapers
- 16 pages
Price: $6,000.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 133755
A collection of poetry, brief comments, and quotations concerning friendship. Title in red and black with title vignette, ornamental border, and quotation of Robert Louis Stevenson. From 1898 to 1903, David Paul Elder (1872-1948) and Morgan Shepard (1865-1948) formed a partnership which published 40 books, most of which were illustrated in the Art Nouveau style. They also operated the Book and Art Shop on Post Street in San Francisco. Shepard left the firm in 1903 to pursue an artistic career in Europe, after which the firm continued as Paul Elder and Company. Bound by Charles Frederick Eaton of Santa Barbara, California. Eaton (1843-1930), by trade a landscape architect, was also well known as a designer who led a group of associate craft workers at "The Arts and Crafts" in Santa Barbara. In addition to his bindings, Eaton's shop produced all sorts of crafts, including trays, lamps, screens, and other items, in addition to book bindings. Gustav Stickley referred to Eaton's productions as "peculiar objects of household decoration" ("Nature and Art in California" in The Craftsman, Joly 1904, 388). This binding is suede with two hinges and metal edges with a floral motif in the center of the front cover. That design is of acorn shells, metal, and mother of pearl in its center. Eaton's name and firm on back free endpaper.