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Three original blocks from the 1916 Christmas Greeting
(Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1916). Originally issued as a small four-page greeting on Japanese vellum, this piece is noted as being one of the very few works printed by the Press during World War I. The press ceased production of nearly all but minor works during the war in the interest of propriety. According to Franklin, the text was reproduced from wide-nibbed calligraphy, presumably Graily Hewitt's. The first page of the greeting, printed from the first block, reads, "With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from St. John and Cicely Hornby, Shelly House, Chelsea, 1916." Pages two and three originally included four stanzas of the poem signed by E.E.B., Hornby's old housemaster at Harrow, Bowen. These stanzas appear on the other two blocks included in this set. The greeting is noted in the Bridwell Library record, but was not recorded in the Ashendene Bibliography. Each block bears some oxidation; there is some distortion to the plate mounted to the second block. Overall a nearly fine artifact from one of the Triple Crown of English fine presses.
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