Private Press III: Ashendene Press


The Ashendene Press was founded by C. H. St John Hornby. Hornby was a partner in W. H. Smith & Sons, but he set up his own press to print books for his family and friends. The Ashendene Press was founded in 1895 and continued until 1935, with a break during the First World War from 1915 to 1920. Ashendene books are often in very small print runs, and were sold through a subscription service.

We hold I fioretti del glorioso poverello di Cristo S. Francesco di Assisi, published by the Press in 1922. Limited to 240 copies, it features woodcuts drawn by Charles Gere and cut by J. B. Swain and initials designed by Graily Hewitt. It is bound in limp vellum binding with gold tooling to the spine and two green ribbon ties. The type is black and red subiaco, which was designed by Emery Walker and Syndey Carlyle Cockerell based on a 15th century Italian type cast by Sweynheim and Pannartz in Subiaco.



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