Goldsmith, Oliver. The Deserted Village. East Aurora, NY: Roycroft Shop, 1898. Limited to 470 copies, of which this is #39. Signed in Elbert Hubbard's name. Large initials hand drawn in green and gold. Printed in black and green on Dickinson's wove. Bound by The Knickerbocker Press bindery at G.P. Putnam's Sons in russet brown crushed morocco with gilt rules to covers. Five gilt-ruled bands to spine, with title and author to second and fourth compartments. Wide gilt-ruled turn-ins with Japan vellum endpapers. Measures approx. 9" x 11.25". Very light rubbing to edges and some spots to covers.
"The Deserted Village was the first Roycroft book designed by W.W. Denslow. ... Denslow's 19 initials are outline letters, embellished with scrollwork, spiral flourishes, shamrocks, and other ornamental devices. The letters are printed in green and filled in by hand with gold paint." (On a High Shelf, Ogle).