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Ashendene founder, C.H. St. John Hornby
From The Ashendene Press. By Colin Franklin. Dallas: Southern Methodist University, 1986.
Example of Wood Engraving
From Les Amours Pastorales De Daphnis Et Chloe. From J. Amyot's Translation [of the work by Longus]. Reprinted and edited by Paul-Louis Courir. Ashendene Press, 1933.
About Ashendene Press
- Founded in 1895 by Charles Henry St. John Hornby in Chelsea, England.
- Operation of press continued until 1935, but ceased operation between 1915-1920 due to WWI.
- Ashendene resurrected the Subiaco typeface, an Italian type created in the 1460s.
- The press functioned as a subscription service, selling small print runs and books.
- Books were often illustrated with colored intials and leather tooled bindings.
- Dante's Divine Comedy is considered the masterpiece of the press, printed in three volumes between 1905-1905.
- Bibliographer Colin Franklin remarks, "One quality of a private press in the printer's own choice without reference to any public, and this characterizes the whole story of the Ashendene Press."
Example of a "Printer's Device."
Example of Subiaco Typeface
From (Bible) The Wisdom of Jesus, The Son of Sirach, Commonly Called Ecclesiasticus. Ashendene Press, 1932.
The Ashendene Press by
Call Number: q Z232 A76F73 1986
Publication Date: 1986
The Ashendene Press. C. H. St. J.Hornby's Foreword to his Descriptive Bibliography with a Note on the Press by Will Ransom and a Check List of its Books. by
Call Number: Z239.2.A8 H8
Publication Date: 1939