Meriden: The Domesday Press, 1939. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. First edition of the Will Ransom "Note on the Press", limited edition of 350 copies, octavo size, 61 pp., with prospectus. Near fine. Item #CNJL1889
The Ashendene Press continues to be one of the most highly-regarded of the early British Private Presses, having given us such remarkable books as their "Fairie Queene" and "Don Quixote". C.H. St. John Hornby (1867-1946) printed the bibliography of the Press in 1935, the last work of the Press, and in the first edition it is difficult to obtain today. This volume, printed four years later, contains his introductory essay to the bibliography along with an essay by Will Ransom, noted private press bibliographer, which was written expressly for this book; lastly, this work contains a check-list of the works of the Press. With the original prospectus.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full rust buckram, black leather spine label with gilt lettering, title page in rust and black, black-and-white illustration of St. John Hornby at his press at the beginning of Will Ransom's essay, several other illustrations, samples of text pages, and black-and-white photographs throughout the text; types Caslon, Poliphilus and Blado, octavo size (9.25" by 6"), pagination: [1-8] 9-59 [blank] colophon ; one of 350 copies, unnumbered. With original prospectus laid in, a single sheet folded to four pages, measuring 9" by 5.75", title page in red and black, the second page a sample page from the book, the third page announces the book, the final page provides specifics including price ($4.50).
___CONDITION: Near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some bumping to the head and tail of the spine, light wear to the spine label, and a few light, stray marks to the binding. Prospectus also near fine, some very light overall edgewear and what appears to be a single original mailing fold.
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