(Campden: Essex House Press, 1908). 250 x 160 mm. (9 3/4 x 6 1/4"). , 258,  pp. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION.
Original green cloth back over tan paper boards, with printed paper label on spine. With one plate and many in-text illustrations, many full-page and photographic. Corners and fore-edge of binding a little bumped, general light shelf wear, endpapers a bit yellowed, but the contents in pristine condition.
Written by press founder C. R. Ashbee, this work contains an in-depth history and intimate sketch of his other major endeavor, The Guild of Handicraft, which had dissolved the year before. Ashbee primarily focuses on the economic challenges faced by the Guild in their 21 years of existence, noting that their interest in the aesthetics and the ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement was often at odds with the spreading industry and capitalism of the turn of the century. Included here are numerous photographic images of the Guild's machinery, craftsmen, and products, making it an important repository of information for anyone interested in the private press period and Arts & Crafts movement. (CCS1907)
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