A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE BOOKS PRINTED AT THE ASHENDENE PRESS, MDCCXCV-MCMXXXV.
A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE BOOKS PRINTED AT THE ASHENDENE PRESS, MDCCXCV-MCMXXXV.
A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE BOOKS PRINTED AT THE ASHENDENE PRESS, MDCCXCV-MCMXXXV.

A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE BOOKS PRINTED AT THE ASHENDENE PRESS, MDCCXCV-MCMXXXV.

Pp. [viii]+172, printed in red, blue & black, title page vignette, text illustrations, 15 full page examples of woodcuts engraved from drawings by Charles M. Gere, Margaret Gere, R. Catterson Smith, Gwendolen Raverat, and Noel Rooke, plus specimens of initial letters by Graily Hewitt, Eric Gill and Louise Powell, several inserts and sample pages, chronological list of books, errata slips; f'cap. folio; gilt lettered red/brown calf, the boards a trifle scuffed, spine slightly faded; top edges rough gilt, others uncut; within marbled papered slipcase; Ashendene Press, Chelsea, 1935. First edition. Franklin p. 243. *Dr. J. F. Van Royen's copy, with related ephemera, including an invoice to him for an earlier Ashendene Press publication (Ecclesiasticus), on company letterhead, plus the carbon copy handwritten receipt for payment of same - both items within hand written stamped envelope; an autograph letter (within hand written stamped envelope) from C. H. St. John Hornby, dated 1 February 1935, acknowledging Van Royen's order for the Bibliography and adding 'As the day for closing the Press approaches - and it is very near now - I naturally feel very sad. I do not know what I shall do without it. Except for a few years during the war, it has been my constant interest for 40 years...'; and a brief typescript note (hand addressed and signed) dated 15 Jan. 1936 regarding the additional Erratum slip to be pasted opposite p. 172 of the Bibliography. Jean Francois van Royen (1878-1942) was the founder of the first modern Dutch private press, De Zilverdistel, and later published under the imprint of the Kunera Pers. He died in a concentration camp in 1942, but his press and printing equipment were hidden by friends throughout the war and are now on display in The Hague. One of De Zilverdistel's two types, the Distel type, was cut for van Royen in 1914 by Edward P. Prince, who was the punchcutter for the Ashendene, Eragny, and Kelmscott presses. Finished in February 1935, the Bibliography was intended to be the final work from the Ashendene Press, although one other item (Address of Congratulations from the members of the Roxburghe Club to their President Lord Aldenham) was printed at the press in July in the same year. [Ridler p. 10]. According to Franklin: \lquote This must have been one of the most generous bibliographies ever printed, providing examples set again line-for-line, and with many drawn initials, of most Ashendene books since the Press began.... Illustrations, initials, watermarks, bindings, bibliographic description are amply given. This may well be the first choice for a collector who wants to have the Ashendene Press represented, as it gives a taste of whatever was done - including a leaf from the destroyed Daphnis et Chloe, type-specimens, title-pages, prospectuses and the folded Announcement of the Last Books'. Item #149069

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