"…The Happiest Climax of Ashendene Printing"
[ASHENDENE PRESS]. THUCYDIDES. [History of the Peloponnesian War]. Translated Into English by Benjamin Jowett, M.A. Late Master of Balliol College and Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Oxford. Chelsea: Printed at the Ashendene Press, 1930.
One of 260 copies on paper out of a total edition of 280 copies. Folio (15 3/4 x 10 3/4 in; 400 x 273 mm). [6, blank], , 363, [1, printer’s device] pp. Printed in black in Ptolemy type with three-line initials at the beginning of each chapter and the larger initials and opening line of each of the eight books designed by Graily Hewitt and printed in red. Marginal chapter summaries also in red in Blado Italic type. Printer’s mark D printed in black.
Publishers white pigskin by W.H. Smith and Son* (stamp-signed on lower turn in). Spine lettered in gilt with seven raised bands. All edges uncut. A few light stains to lower board. Otherwise a fine copy.
“In February 1931 a Notice was sent out to subscribers announcing the forthcoming issue of ‘Thucydides’ and in it was foreshadowed the closing down of the Press. After referring to the projected edition of ‘Daphnis et Chloé’ it goes on to say: ‘It is more than probable that these two books will be the last to be issued from the Ashendene Press, with the possible exception of a Descriptive Bibliography of the Press…It is difficult to speak with certainty about the giving up of a hobby which has for more than 35 years occupied so many of my leisure hours, and I may be tempted to add yet another volume to the list…Another volume, ‘Ecclesiasticus’, was in due course…added to the list” (Ashendene Bibliography).
"For pleasure in the look of a page, the openings of each Book in the Thucydides are the happiest climax of Ashendene printing" (Franklin)
*The great Douglas "Cockerell's work is sometimes hidden in the trade name of W.H. Smith on bindings of Ashendene books. He was in charge of Smith's bindery for many years, and designed for them. It is accepted that Ashendene books bound by W.H. Smith are indeed Cockerell bindings" (Franklin, p. 55).
"The Ashendene Press ranks with Kelmscott and Doves at the zenith of superb bookmaking" (Ransom, Private Presses and Their Books, p.95).
Franklin, p. 196.
Ashendene Bibliography XXXVII. Item #01272
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