THE ASHENDENE PRESS, by Colin Franklin SIGNED & INSCRIBED Bridwell Library SMU 1996
THE ASHENDENE PRESS, by Colin Franklin.
Published by the Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, 1986. First Edition, limited to 750 copies as stated on the Colophon page (the last page).
SIGNED and INSCRIBED by COLIN FRANKLIN on the half title page: "For Alan / in a delightful visit to Sea Ranch & the presence of his marvelous book treasury / from Colin / February 1991".
Hardcovers, half cloth, patterned paper boards, paper spine label. 8x11.5 inches (20x29 cm), xiv, 256 pages. Printed by W. Thomas Taylor.
NEAR FINE condition, tight, bright, clean and clear. A lovely copy.
About THE ASHENDENE PRESS (from Wikipedia):
******The Ashendene Press was a small private press founded by St John Hornby, b.1867 d.1946. It operated from 1895 to 1915 in Chelsea, London and was revived after the war in 1920. The press closed in 1935. Its peers included the Kelmscott Press and the Doves Press. These three presses were part of a "revival of fine printing" that focused on treating bookmaking as fine art. The Ashendene Press was famous for producing high quality works by Dante. Ashendene books were carefully printed with large margins, and despite their lack of extravagant decoration, they were considered spectacular works of art. Two original typefaces were created for the Ashendene Press: Subiaco and Ptolemy. The Press was also known for handwritten, colored initials by Graily Hewitt. The Press' main customers were fine book collectors.******
About COLIN FRANKLIN (from Wikipedia):
******Colin Ellis Franklin, FSA, b.1923 d.2020, was an English writer, bibliographer, book-collector and antiquarian bookseller. He was born in Notting Hill, London. He worked for some years in publishing, at Routledge in London, before moving into antiquarian bookselling. He specialized in the study of private presses and the book arts, but also wrote on Shakespeare, Japanese books and prints, Lord Chesterfield, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and on printing techniques and media. He was Honorary President of the Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles, Patron to the Oundle School Society of Bibliophiles, and President of the Private Libraries Association and the Double Crown Club.******
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