THE FAERIE QUEENE

(ASHENDENE PRESS). SPENSER, EDMUND

Published by Ashendene Press, 1923
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438 x 311 mm. (17 1/4 x 12 1/4"). 2 p.l., 406, [2] pp. ONE OF 150 PAPER COPIES for sale, of a total of 180 (plus 12 copies printed on vellum). Original calf-backed thick vellum boards, raised bands, gilt spine titling, untrimmed edges. In a (quite worn and faded) calf-backed clamshell box. Printer's device in colophon. Printed in red, black, and blue. Hornby 32; Franklin, pp. 144-46, 240-41. Just a hint of rubbing at spine ends, three corners lightly bumped, vellum with variations in color and grain (tending toward a pale orange, with a number of cloudy darker areas), otherwise a very fine copy, the wear to the binding negligible, the spine leather extremely bright, and pristine internally. Franklin says that, along with the "Minor Poems," this is the masterpiece among the impressive Ashendene folios. He says, "Spenser's large folios were the last in Subiaco, and the best. 'Monumental' suggests bombast, which would be quite wrong; these books become eloquent by small felicities and discretion." The leaves here are of a larger size than any previously used at the Press, and this fact, along with the clean gothic typeface and substantial binding, make the volume a pleasure to handle and read. The vellum used for this publisher's binding varies widely in how much it becomes discolored; the spine is almost never found in rich, lustrous brown (as here), and it is very often conspicuously worn. Franklin says that, along with the "Minor Poems," this is the masterpiece among the impressive Ashendene folios. He says, "Spenser's large folios were the last in Subiaco, and the best. 'Monumental' suggests bombast, which would be quite wrong; these books become eloquent by small felicities and discretion." The leaves here are of a larger size than any previously used at the Press, and this fact, along with the clean gothic typeface and substantial binding, make the volume a pleasure to handle and read. The vellum used for this publisher's binding varies widely in how much it becomes discolored; the spine is almost never found in rich, lustrous brown (as here), and it is very often conspicuously worn. ONE OF 150 PAPER COPIES for sale, of a total of 180 (plus 12 copies printed on vellum). Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: THE FAERIE QUEENE
Publisher: Ashendene Press
Publication Date: 1923

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ASHENDENE PRESS). SPENSER, EDMUND
Published by Ashendene Press, Chelsea (1923)
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Book Description Ashendene Press, Chelsea, 1923. 438 x 305 mm. (17 1/4 x 12"). 2 p.l., 406, [2] pp. ONE OF 150 PAPER COPIES FOR SALE, of a total of 180 (plus 12 copies printed on vellum). Original publisher's calf-backed thick vellum boards, raised bands, gilt spine titling. Printer's device on colophon page. Printed in red, black, and blue. Front pastedown with remnant of bookplate Hornby 32; Franklin, pp. 144-46, 240-41. Spine gently sunned and faintly marked, joints slightly worn and starting alongside bottom compartment, small chip to tail of spine, but the vellum unusually clean, and the binding entirely solid. An extremely fine copy internally, quite clean, fresh, and bright. Franklin says that, along with the "Minor Poems," this is the masterpiece among the impressive Ashendene folios. The Subiaco type used here was the first to be produced especially for the Ashendene Press (it was originally employed in the small quarto Dante volumes). In consultation with Sidney Cockerell and Emery Walker, Hornby decided to create a typeface based on that employed by Sweynheym and Pannartz, who had printed the first books in Italy at a press established in 1465 at Subiaco (and, thus, Hornby's choice of the type's name). Walker and Cockerell took photographs of the British Museum's copy of the early printers' Cicero "De Oratore," and used that as a model for the design. The punches were cut by E. P. Prince and the fount cast in Edinburgh. The fee charged by Walker and Cockerell for creating one of the foremost types of the private press movement was £100--a considerable bargain, as Hornby was the first to acknowledge. Franklin says, "Spenser's large folios were the last in Subiaco, and the best. 'Monumental' suggests bombast, which would be quite wrong; these books become eloquent by small felicities and discretion." The leaves here are of a larger size than any previously used at the press, and this fact, along with the clean gothic typeface and substantial binding, make the volume a pleasure to handle and read. Franklin says that, along with the "Minor Poems," this is the masterpiece among the impressive Ashendene folios. The Subiaco type used here was the first to be produced especially for the Ashendene Press (it was originally employed in the small quarto Dante volumes). In consultation with Sidney Cockerell and Emery Walker, Hornby decided to create a typeface based on that employed by Sweynheym and Pannartz, who had printed the first books in Italy at a press established in 1465 at Subiaco (and, thus, Hornby's choice of the type's name). Walker and Cockerell took photographs of the British Museum's copy of the early printers' Cicero "De Oratore," and used that as a model for the design. The punches were cut by E. P. Prince and the fount cast in Edinburgh. The fee charged by Walker and Cockerell for creating one of the foremost types of the private press movement was £100--a considerable bargain, as Hornby was the first to acknowledge. Franklin says, "Spenser's large folios were the last in Subiaco, and the best. 'Monumental' suggests bombast, which would be quite wrong; these books become eloquent by small felicities and discretion." The leaves here are of a larger size than any previously used at the press, and this fact, along with the clean gothic typeface and substantial binding, make the volume a pleasure to handle and read. ONE OF 150 PAPER COPIES FOR SALE, of a total of 180 (plus 12 copies printed on vellum). Bookseller Inventory # ST12683-055a

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Ashendene Press] Spenser Edmund
Published by Chelsea The Ashendene Press 1925 (1925)
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Book Description Chelsea The Ashendene Press 1925, 1925. First Edition of the beautiful Ashendene Spenser. One of 200 copies handset in "Subiaco" type. A COPY WITH FINE PROVENANCE, being a Hornby family copy with autograph presentation letter from a Hornby relation dated 1978, and with the prospectus order form for the Ashendene Spenser’s Faerie Queene. Hand printed in red, blue and black on specially watermarked ("knight-in-armour") Batchelor hand-made paper. Initials by Graily Hewitt. Large Folio, in the original Ashendene binding of vellum over heavy boards and backed in dark brown calf, lettered in gilt on the spine in compartments separated by exceptionally tall and wide raised bands. iv, 216 pp. including the colophon. Very fine and beautiful, an exceptional copy. A REMARKABLE COPY. THIS IS THE FIRST EDITION OF THE ASHENDENE PRESS PRINTING, A BEAUTIFUL BOOK SET IN THE MOST SPLENDID OF THE ASHENDENE TYPES. SUBIACO TYPE WAS FIRST USED IN THE ASHENDENE DANTE AND IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DESIGNED TYPES OF THE ENGLISH FINE PRESS MOVEMENT. The "Minor Poems" is a companion volume to the "Faerie Queene", and printed on the same paper in double column. There is a larger use of blue than in any of the other books. Parts of "The Shepheardes Calender", as well as many of the large initials are printed in this colour. The Edward Clark Library Catalogue notes of this book that: "The goodness of the inks is a reminder of their part in fine printing". A splendid example of a great book in the English Fine Press oeuvre. Bookseller Inventory # 23534

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ASHENDENE PRESS. – Spenser, Edmund
Published by (Chelsea), The Ashendene Press, 1922-23. (1922)
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Book Description (Chelsea), The Ashendene Press, 1922-23., 1922. 2 cols. Printed in red and black. Large initials designed by Graily Hewitt and printed in red and blue. (5) leaves, 406, (1) pp., (3) leaves. Folio. Orig. brown half morocco over wooden boards and 7 raised bands with gilt lettered spine, signed by W. H. Smith (rebacked with original spine material; spine extremities somewhat rubbed). One of 180 copies on Batchelor hand-made paper besides 12 on vellum. Set in Subiaco type. – Ashendene Bibliography XXXII. – Heraldic ex-libris on first paste-down. Fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 8561

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ASHENDENE PRESS. – Spenser, Edmund
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Book Description (Chelsea), The Ashendene Press, 1922-23., 1922. 2 cols. Printed in red and black. Large initials designed by Graily Hewitt and printed in red and blue. (5) leaves, 406, (1) pp., (3) leaves. Folio. Orig. half calf over wooden boards and 7 raised bands with gilt lettered spine, signed by W. H. Smith (outer joints rubbed, spine with spots). One of 180 copies on Batchelor hand-made paper besides 12 on vellum. Set in Subiaco type. – Ashendene Bibliography XXXII. – Heraldic ex-libris on first paste-down. Fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 10128

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