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ASHENDENE PRESS). MORE, THOMAS. (BINDINGS - J. FRANKLIN MOWERY)
UTOPIA
Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1906. ONE OF 100 COPIES on paper, of which 80 were for sale (and 20 on vellum, 15 for sale). 282 x 195 mm. (11 1/4 x 7 3/4"). 161, [1] pp. DRAMATIC BLACK GOATSKIN BY J. FRANKLIN MOWERY (rear doublure gilt-stamped "JFM '94"), cover and smooth spine with wraparound design of blind-tooled crisscrossing lines, upper cover with "UTOPIA" onlaid in red morocco, spine with red morocco label, black suede doublures and endleaves, top edge silver. In matching red morocco-lipped slipcase. Initials designed by Eric Gill. Printed in red and black in Subiaco type. Front flyleaf with bookplate of Jan van der Mark. Hornby 22; Tomkinson, p. 6. For the binding: The Art of Contemporary Bookbinding, Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Brussels; Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague; Bibliotheque historique de la ville de Paris, 1997, p.135. A PRISTINE COPY. In an arresting binding created by a modern master for an avant-garde connoisseur, this is a fine copy of an especially handsome Ashendene production, with elegant initials that constitute one of Eric Gill's earliest commissions. Calling it "a marvellous book," Franklin includes the "Utopia" in a group of five Ashendene productions of medium proportions (mostly small folio) "which in scope and skill have as much appeal as any Ashendene books." This is the first Ashendene with marginal notes in red, and the Subiaco type used here was the first to be produced especially for the Ashendene Press. In consultation with Sidney Cockerell and Emery Walker, our printer C. H. St John Hornby decided to create a typeface based on that empl … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]

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