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UTOPIA
Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1906. ONE OF 100 COPIES on paper, of which 80 were for sale (and 20 on vellum, 15 for sale). Hardcover. 292 x 203 mm (11 1/2 x 8"). 161, [1] pp. ONE OF 100 COPIES on paper, of which 80 were for sale (and 20 on vellum, 15 for sale). Original linen-backed paper boards, edges untrimmed. Initials designed by Eric Gill. Printed in red and black in Subiaco type. Hornby 22; Tomkinson, p. 6. A little soiling to paper boards, slight bump to head of spine, but quite an excellent copy, and pristine internally. 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 elegant initials, which constitute one of Eric Gill's earliest commissions, are also in red. One always hopes to find special press books like this one in immaculate internal condition, as here, but achieving this is more and more difficult now.
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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