Ashendene Press - A Descriptive Bibliography


Ashendene Press - A Descriptive Bibliography

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A Descriptive Bibliography of the Books printed at the Ashendene Press MDCCCXCV - MCMXXXV. [With a Foreword by C.H. St John Hornby.] Quarto, 33cm, pp.[viii], 172 (including colophon), inserted leaves, errata slip, (C.H. St John Hornby) The Ashenden Press, Shelley House, Chelsea, 1935.

The main body of the text set in 'Ptolemy' type, and printed in red and black ( with additional use of blue). Specimen pages are givenn of most of the books of the Press (plus eight inserted specimen pages of the never-issued Daphnis and Chloe on Japon vellum). Tipped-in specimen from the Queen's Doll's House library. Collotype plates illustrating bindings and (chiefly) the 'Subiaco' fount. Initial letters filled in by hand (as in the original books) by Graily Hewitt.Specimen ppages of the types held by the Press as well as wood-engravings by C. Keates, C.M. Gere, Gwendolen Raverat, Noel Rooke, plus initial letters by Graily Hewitt, Eric Gill and Louise Powell. Wood-engraved portrait frontispiece of Hornby by R.A. Maynard. This, number 24 of 390 copies printed on specially watermarked Batchelor hand-made paper and signed by Hornby upon the colophon. Full ruby morocco with five raised bands, gilt spine titling, upper board stamped in gilt with the Ashendene Press device, gold top, other edges uncut. Cockerell marbled paper-covered slipcase. A fine copy.

John Johnson told Hornby in 1935 that 'this bibliography ought to serve as a pattern for all future bibliographies for it could not be better.' It combined description with history, avoiding the hyperbole of which we are often guilty who write about private press books. Beatrice Warde thought the Foreword, adapted from a talk given to the Double Crown Club on 28 May 1931, could 'safely be ranked among the classics of the literature of printing'. (Franklin)

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