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The History of the Valorous and Wittie Knight-Errant - Cervantes Saavedra, M. de - 1927. 
Chelsea Ashendene Press -28 1927 - First Ashendene edition, one of 225 copies on Batchelor paper, out of a total edition of 245 copies, folio, printed in red and black in the new Ptolemy type, modelled on type used by F. Holle of Ulm in the printing of Ptolemy's 'Geographia' in 1482, text in double columns; border and initials designed by Louise Powell and cut on wood by W. M. Quick and Geo. H. Ford, original pigskin by W. H. Smith & Son, all edges untrimmed, internally fine, edges a little browned, binding slightly rubbed with a few faint marks, else very good, each volume preserved in a later black cloth slip-case with morocco head and foot at entry. A beautiful example of a one of the great works of the Ashendene Press. The Ashendene Press was a small private press founded by St John Hornby (18671946). It operated from 1895 to 1915 in Chelsea, and was revived after the war in 1920. Its books are considered to be amongst the finest of the Private Press movement. "First appearance of Ptolemy type. Ashendene knight-in-armour paper taken as a single work Don-Quixote is the largest of the Ashendene books. It has an interesting alternative to Hewitt's drawn or printed initials, the successful but unrepeatable device of neo-Kelmscott initials, borders and opening words cut on wood from designs by Louise Powell. The new Ashendene type was imitated and adapted from the Geographia of Ptolemaeus, printed by Leonard Holle at Ulm in 1482. In two columns, with red used chiefly for headings and shoulder notes, decorated but not illustrated, this link with the Kelmscott past was an entirely successful venture" (Franklin, The Ashendene Press). Ashendene Bibliography XXXVI; Franklin, The Ashendene Press, pp. 241-242; Ransom, Private Presses, p. 206, no. 39; Tomkinson, p. 8, no. 39. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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