Rowfant Club Exhibition

(Rowfant Club) An Exhibition of Fine Bindings April 1909. Cleveland, OH: The Rowfant Club [Arranged and printed by The Torch Press, Cedar Rapids, Iowa], 1909. ______ 100 numbered copies printed on Fabriano hand-made paper. 6″ x 9″: unnumbered pages; 228 items exhibited. Printed tan paper wrappers, title printed in black on front cover. Fine renaissance style knot-border title page with capital A printed in light blue ink surrounding title printed in black. Three-page introduction; books with author, title, short descriptions of bindings. Quite an exhibition of fine bookbindings from various areas, 16th-20th centuries. The 71 binders and binderies featured included: Barrie, Bedford, Chambolle-Duru, Clarke, Club Bindery, Cobden-Sanderson, Cockerell, David, De Coverly, de Sauty, Edwards, Guild of Women-Binders, Hayday, Hering, Kelly, Kelmscott Press, Lewis, Lortic, Macdonald, Mansell, Marius Michel, Mathews, Morrell, Nichols, Nolhac, Padeloup, Pratt, Prideaux, Ramage, Root, Roycroft Shop, Sangorski and Sutcliffe, Stikeman, Tout, Trautz-Bauzonnet, Zaehnsdorf, Zahn & many others. _______ The following books, all marked as published in Portland, are Mosher titles, although the publisher’s name is not used:

No. 69  Edward Fitzgerald. Polonius. A Collection of Wise Saws and Modern Instances.
Portland, 1901, octavo
One of 450 copies on Van Gelder paper in dark brown crushed morocco, sides gilt, with conventional floral design arranged in five parallel rows, surrounded by ruled borders, backbone ornamented in gold with similar design, inside gold borders, to edge gilt by ZAEHNSDORF
[From the library of Paul Feiss of Cleveland]

No. 70  Edward Fitzgerald, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Portland, 1897, duodecimo
One of 100 copies on Japanese vellum. Bound in light tan crushed morocco with conventionalized floral ornament and scroll design and with dark brown deeply tooled ruled borders, edges green by THE GUILD OF WOMEN-BINDERS
[From the library of Paul Feiss of Cleveland]

No. 140  William Morris. A Dream of John Ball
Portland, 1902, small octavo
In full brown crushed levant morocco, sides ornamented with gilt scroll and inlaid with blue flowers, ruled border and backbone in gold in harmony with the rest of the design, silk doublure and flys, dentelles in gold, top edge gilt by ZAEHNSDORF
[From the library of Paul Feiss of Cleveland]

No. 164  Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The Germ
Portland, without date, octavo
Bound in full green crushed levant morocco extra, gold tooling, both covers and backbone inlaid, doublure inlaid with a center of brown crushed levant, tooling at corners and margin by MACDONALD
[From the library of Willis Vickery of Cleveland]