(Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1935). 343 x 235 mm. (13 1/2 x 9 1/4"). 4 p.l., 172 pp. No. 272 OF 390 COPIES OF THE ORIGINAL EDITION, SIGNED BY HORNBY.
Publisher's polished cordovan calf, gilt titling on front cover and spine, edges untrimmed. WITH 33 PLATES, comprised of 15 plates of woodcuts as well as woodcut frontispiece portrait, five plates of facsimiles, eight specimen leaves (some of them folded), and five double-sided plates of photos of bindings. Several initials hand-painted by Graily Hewitt. Four pages of examples of woodcut initials and printers' devices partially hand-colored by a previous owner. Front pastedown with bookplate of "R. G." Franklin, p. 243. Spine a bit sunned, with minor rubbing to head and a couple of short scratches, boards lightly chafed, but the binding solid and still pleasing, and a fine copy internally, quite clean, fresh, and bright.
When Hornby wound up his 40-year publishing venture at the Ashendene Press, he issued this record of his own work, with an introduction and separate treatment for each of the books he published. Franklin notes that "as a leaf-book it scaled new heights," and that it should "be the first choice for a collector who wants to have the Ashendene Press represented, as it gives a taste of whatever was done." It is an indispensable tool for collectors of private press, and a beautiful book besides. (ST12683-022b)
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