New Rochelle: Peter Pauper Press, 1933. 4 1/2 x 7 1/2. 29 leaves printed entirely in red. A 4-page introduction by BR precedes Tory's letters. Bound by Peter Geraty at his Praxis Bindery in 1988. Red goatskin with green morocco panel gold tooled with the Roman Capitals GT (for Tory) and BR (for Rogers); BR's IOU in a Tory-like cube is gilt on the lower cover; red & gold endpapers. Fine in cloth tray case with red leather label. Item #15883
Offered as a New Year's jeu d'esprit for friends during the Depression, this reprints the Roman letters from the Grolier Club edition, without the text. The "poor man's" Champ Fleury is printed entirely in red-- "as in these aforesaid days of hardship & depression much Book-Keeping is being written down in red...perhaps it would be better for Book-Selling too if Printing were done in that cheerful colour..." Tory maintained that all the Roman letters were fashioned from the "I" and the "O." So BR added a "U" and constructed a devive of his own--a perfectly proportioned IOU. Printed at The Walpole Printing Office with BR's large pressmark in the colophon.
A binder and conservator since 1975, Peter Geraty also teaches at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride. Peter is intrigued by the challenge of combining design, structure, and materials to present text or art. This binding was part of the 1989 Guild of Book Workers exhibition.