Mosaic Essays

by david on 20 June 2010

Beginning in 1901, Paul Elder compiled and published a series of booklets of aphorisms, each with a separate theme. Friendship was published first, followed by Happiness, Nature and Success in 1903, and finally by Love in 1905. They were quite successful—over 70,000 copies were sold by 1904—so in 1906 Elder reissued the five booklets as a single volume entitled Mosaic Essays. The cover and title page artwork is by Santa Barbara artist Robert Wilson Hyde.

Mosaic Essays cover

Mosaic Essays, cover

There are three known bindings: paper wraps, paper on boards, and leather wraps. The paper wraps edition seen below was issued with a matching presentation box; such a box was probably available with the other editions as well.

Mosaic Essays title

Mosaic Essays, decorated half-title page

Variant leather cover of "Mosaic Essays"

Leather-bound edition of “Mosaic Essays”

Mosaic Essays paper

Paper wraps binding of “Mosaic Essays”



Matching presentation box for the paper wraps edition of "Mosaic Essays"

Matching presentation box for the paper wraps edition of “Mosaic Essays”

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