(Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1900). 170 x 110 mm. (6 5/8 x 4 1/4"). 4 p.l., lxxi, [i] pp. Done into English by Andrew Lang. No. XVI OF 40 COPIES.
Original holland-backed boards, paper label, uncut edges. Printer's device at beginning and end, full woodcut border of flowering vines printed in reverse at beginning of text. Hornby 11; Franklin, p. 235. Paper label with a tiny tear (no loss), a hint of soil to covers, but still very fine, and A FLAWLESS COPY INTERNALLY.
This is a distinctive and quite rare early Ashendene Press item with a special association. The 40 copies were intended for private circulation, but apparently "one or two" copies were sold, making this the first Ashendene work that could be purchased. It was also the first book printed at Shelley House and the last to be printed on Hornby's original Albion Press. It is the first of two works in Fell pica type, a face much more like the Kelmscott Golden than the Subiaco that would be adopted by Hornby two years later, and the book as a whole is probably the work from the press that most resembles Morris' books and that reminds one most vividly of Morris' influence on Hornby. Although not indicated by bookplate or inscription, this volume belonged to Hornby's sister, Catherine Gwendoline Hornby (1871-1956), who had assisted Hornby with his press before the move to Shelley House, and remained in the hands of her descendants until the present day. This fragile strictly-limited early Ashendene is, of course, very difficult to get in any condition. (ST14906)
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PJP Catalog: 74.148