(London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1910). 194 x 135 mm. (7 5/8 x 5 1/4"). ix, , 361,  pp. FIRST EDITION.
Publisher's light green cloth, upper cover with blind-stamped medallion, gilt lettering on spine, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With frontispiece and illustrated title. Front flyleaf with gift inscription dated 1951. A little wear to extremities, covers with a few small, light stains, front free endpaper possibly torn away and hinge just peeking through at page one, a few leaves with light foxing, browning to endleaves, rear pastedown with a light dampstain, but on the whole a very good copy, the contents clean throughout.
This scarce work of fiction by C. R. Ashbee centers around the ideal of the "apprentice-hero," a concept no doubt formulated while he was at the helm of the Essex House Press and the Guild of Handicraft. According to Fiona MacCarthy, "The idea of the apprentice-hero was almost an obsession, occurring frequently in [Ashbee's] own literary works. . . . This long prose romance . . . features Ralfe, an East London joiner's apprentice who, in his search for the ideal working city of Thelema, symbolizes the English Industrial Democracy." ("The Simple Life: C. R. Ashbee in the Cotswolds," p. 140). (CCS1923)
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