Friendship. San Francisco: D.P. Elder and Morgan Shepard, 1902. Printed by Stanley-Taylor Co. 16 pages. 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.
Unsigned, but matches the work of Charles Frederick Eaton of “The Arts and Crafts” shop in Santa Barbara, California, and is on a title known to have other Eaton bindings (link). Bound in California redwood and suede, with ornamental iron straps extending from spine, and small abalone mounts. Eaton (1843-1930) studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, before settling in Santa Barbara. A widely-celebrated horticulturist and landscape architect, he was also well known as a designer who led a group of associate craft workers, including Robert Wilson Hyde, at “The Arts and Crafts” shop in Santa Barbara. In addition to his bindings, Eaton’s shop produced chests, frames, lamps, and a variety of other crafts. His work was heavily featured in the 1903 Arts & Crafts Exhibition in Minneapolis, and is discussed and pictured in Gustav Stickley’s “The Craftsman” (link). Measures approx. 5.75" x 8.75". Suede on outer spine has been replaced with sympathetic period suede. Small cracks to 3 of 4 abalone inlays. Suede pastedowns stained to upper portion, with corresponding stain to text.
A rare opportunity to own an Eaton binding.