(Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1925). 438 x 305 mm. (17 1/4 x 12"). 3 p.l., 3-216 pp. ONE OF 200 COPIES on paper, 175 of them for sale (and 15 copies on vellum, 12 of them for sale).
Calf-backed thick vellum boards, raised bands, gilt titling, edges untrimmed (expertly rebacked in the style of the original). Printer's device in blue in colophon. Printed in black, red, and blue in Subiaco type, with numerous large and small roman style initials. Hornby 35; Franklin, pp. 240-41. Faint discoloration from binder's glue where the vellum meets the calf on covers, a couple of (naturally occurring) variations in the grain or hue of the vellum, but the restored binding quite sound and pleasing. One page with small finger smudge at the edge, otherwise A BEAUTIFUL COPY INTERNALLY, quite clean, fresh, and bright.
This collection of poems, containing some of Spenser's most important and enduring short works, is "minor" only in terms of length; typographically, it is one of the most creative Ashendene products, as the considerable variation in page design and ink color reflect an attempt to suggest the varying contents of these quite different poems. More blue was used in this book than in any other Ashendene Press publication, and because of the combination of this and the variety in the lengths of the lines, Hornby said that the book was for him "a more than usually difficult and interesting typographical problem." The last of Hornby's folios to be printed in Subiaco type, it shares in the tradition of impressive Ashendene large format books, all of them beautiful as well as significant achievements in modern book production. The boards of the Ashendene Spenser volumes are often found discolored and almost always rather soiled, so the especially clean vellum here is a very attractive feature. (ST14977)
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