Goldsmith, Oliver. The Deserted Village. East Aurora, NY: Roycroft Shop, 1898. As noted on the limitation page: "Numbers one to forty are specially illumined by hand", with this being #24. Signed by the illuminator, Harriet Robarge, and signed in Elbert Hubbard's name. Illuminated throughout by Robarge with a plethora of shamrocks and shamrock-based floral ornaments. An early engraved portrait of Goldsmith has been loosely inserted. Printed in black and green on Dickinson's wove. Paper covered boards with green cloth spine and title in gilt. Measures approx. 9" x 11.5". A few light marks to covers and some bumping & rubbing to corners. A beautiful copy.
"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. Copies #1-40, the most attractive and elusive specimens, contain additional freehand art" (On a High Shelf, Ogle).