Before Life Began 1883-1923. Dard Hunter.

Before Life Began 1883-1923.

Cleveland: The Rowfant Club, 1941.

#219 of 219 copies, signed by Bruce Rogers. Water-mark portrait frontispiece. Designed by Bruce Rogers. 1 vols. 8vo. Original vellum-backed decorative boards. Cover paper was made by Veronica Ruzicka. Spine slightly rubbed, else fine. Bookplate of the Rowfant Club Schubert p. 35. Item #248036

“In 1941 Rogers designed Before Life Began, for the Rowfant Club of Cleveland, Ohio, an autobiography of Dard Hunter, historian and practitioner of papermaking by hand. The book was printed at the Press of A. Colish on paper handmade at Hunter’s own mill in Lime Rock, Connecticut, set in Bulmer type...The attractive cover paper was made by Veronica Ruzicka.” (Blumenthal, Bruce Rogers)

Inscribed on the front free endpaper by Dard Hunter dated 1953 "Dard Hunter, Rowfant Club, Nivember 13, MCMLIII" from the Rowfant Club. The date of the inscription was the night of Hunter's talk "Disconnected Ramblings (Illustrated)' of which the 1954 Rowfant Yearbook said; "Dard Hunter Night, when the fabulous expert and historian of papermaking modestly told of some of his acheivements in the field, rivaled the Sixtieth Anniversary Party in attendance."

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