Elbert Hubbard

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He called himself, with the raise of an eyebrow, “Fra Elbertus.” His voluminous writings show him to be a serious man, though not without humor. He gave up selling soap to become a writer, a printer and a leader of the Arts and Crafts movement. He also lectured brilliantly, sharing the Vaudeville stage with the likes of W.C. Fields and The Great Houdini, holding audiences rapt with just his ideas and observations. He was the most famous speaker on the circuit for 15 years until he went down on the Lusitania.

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Echoing the quality presented by printers to royalty of old, here is one of the hand- illuminated initials in a Roycrofter printing of Little Journeys to the Homes of Famous Women, by Elbert Hubbard. The book, lavishly rubricated in red, blue and gold on thick cream paper, is a sensory experience as well as a literary one.

Little Journeys to the Homes of Famous Women 
by Elbert Hubbard
8 ½” x 11 ½”, 193 pp. 

#13/470 Roycrofters 1898 
Signed by the author
From:
Theatre of Memory program: Elbert Hubbard, the Sage of East Aurora, New York