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CHRISTMAS LYRICS
Worcester: Stanbrook Abbey Press, 1957. ONE OF 400 COPIES of the second impression. Hardcover. 197 x 143 mm (7 3/4 x 5 5/8"). 3 p.l., 30 pp. Edited and modernized from the original versions by the Benedictines of Stanbrook Abbey. ONE OF 400 COPIES of the second impression. Publisher's flexible vellum with green silk ribbons. In the original (tape-repaired) cardboard slipcase. With calligraphic initials by Margaret Adams, one in burnished gold. Printed in Perpetua type by Dame Hildelith Cumming. "The Stanbrook Abbey Press: Ninety-Two Years of its History," pp. 68-69. In immaculate condition. This is an impeccable copy of the initial "fine printing" production of the revival of the Stanbrook Abbey Press after the death of its founder, the scholarly Roman Catholic nun, Lady Abbess Laurentia McLachlan (1866-1953). Established in 1876 at Stanbrook Abbey in Worcestershire, the press was one of the first modern hand-presses in England. According to DNB, Sir Sydney Cockerell "placed his connoisseurship and knowledge of fine book production at the disposal of this learned Benedictine house with its printing press, and his friendship with its abbess withstood even an imprudent introduction to another of his friends, George Bernard Shaw." Under printer Dame Hildelith Cumming, the Stanbrook Abbey Press became "renowned for the quality of its book design and press work. She initially sought advice from printers and typographers, notably Jan van Krimpen, whose types were used in the majority of fine books from 1958 onwards. The combination of handmade papers and distinguished types, with the calligraphy and decorations of Margaret Adams, characterized much of Stanbrook's output. The press produced some eighty titles between 1956 and 1988." (DNB) With a binding inspired by the Ashendene Press books in the abbey's library, "Christmas Lyrics" features Medieval hymns transcribed from manuscripts held by the British Museum and the libraries of Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
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