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Chelsea, England: Ashendene Press, 1933; large 8vo. publisher's quarter vellum with green paper covered boards and vellum tips; [iv], iv, 163, [2] pages. Limited to 310 copies (Ashendene no. XXXIX). A tight, bright, and unmarred copy. Traduction de Messire J. Amyot éditée et corrigée par Paul-Louis Courier. "The printing of an edition of Amyot's translation of 'Daphnis et Chloé' was first referred to in the Notice which I issued to subscribers in February, 1931. It was then described as being printed on Japanese paper. This edition was actually printed during the year 1931. Unfortunately the ink used was very slow in drying and the sheets were packed before it had sufficiently hardened. The mistake was not discovered until the sheets were unpacked at the binders when it was found that very bad 'set-off' had occurred on many of them. As the book would have been unworthy of the Press I reluctantly decided to destroy the whole edition with the exception of ten copies, which I had made up from the least spoiled sheets, and some odd specimen pages. . . I greatly regret the mishap to this edition, as it was a pretty book. . . the second edition is practically a line for line reprint of the first, though there are slight differences in the collation of the two volumes." (St. John Hornby, Ashendene Bibliography p.94). With twenty-six illustrations (four full-page) drawn and cut on wood by Gwendolen Raverat. Printed in Ptolemy type, with marginal notes in red. Initials filled in by hand in gold and blue by Graily Hewitt and his assistants.
Bookseller: Oak Knoll Books/Oak Knoll Press [United States]
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