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The Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach commonly called Ecclesiasticus
Chelsea: Ashendene Press. 1932. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Publisher's orange limp vellum with gilt titles on spine, silk ties, deckle edges, internally clean and bright, printed in red and black with hand-coloured green and blue initials supplied by Graily Hewitt and assistants, from an edition of 328 copies. A fine copy. , Charles St. John Hornby set up his first hand press at his father's house in Ashendene, Hertfordshire in 1895. In 1899 he moved the press to his house in Chelsea, from where, with just a short break during WWI, he continued to produce highly regarded limited editions from there until 1935. Hornby primarily used two fonts he had cast for his press, Ptolomy and Subiaco, the latter based on the fifteenth-century Italian type cast by Sweynheim and Pannartz in Subiaco, Italy. While a few of Hornby's books were illustrated with wood engravings the majority relied for their beauty simply on the typography, the layout and the quality of the printing. This was one of the last books produced by the Ashendene Press and one of which St. John Hornby said "In my humble judgment it is one the most satisfactory books of the Press". The binding is signed by W.H. Smith. However at this time the W.H. Smith bindery was under the control of the binder Douglas Cockerell and bindings on Ashendene books are recognised as Cockerell bindings., 4to 11" - 13" tall, 182 pp .
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