First Part of the History of…Don-Quioxte of the Mancha

The Ashendene Press “Don Quixote”
One of the Masterpieces of the Ashendene Press

[ASHENDENE PRESS]. [CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de]. The First [-Second] Part of the History of the Valorous and Wittie Knight-Errant Don-Quixote of the Mancha. Translated out of the Spanish by Thomas Shelton, MDCXII. Chelsea: The Ashendene Press, 1927-1928.

One of 225 copies on Batchelor paper, out of a total edition of 245 copies. Two large folio volumes (16 7/8 x 12 1/16 inches; 430 x 308 mm.). [2, blank], xiii, [1, blank], 268, [1, colophon], [3, blank]; [2, blank], x, 256, [1, colophon], [3, blank] pp. Printed in red and black in Ptolemy type. Text in double columns. Border and initials designed by Louise Powell and cut on wood by W.M. Quick and Geo. H. Ford.

Publishers full white pigskin. Gilt-lettered spines with raised bands. Some minor discoloration to the pigskin, otherwise a fine set. Each volume housed in a green cloth slipcase.

One of the masterpieces of the Ashendene Press and the first one printed in Ptolemy type.

“First appearance of Ptolemy type. Ashendene knight-in-armour paper…taken as a single work Don-Quixote is the largest of the Ashendene books. It has an interesting alternative to Hewitt’s drawn or printed intials, the successful but unrepeatable device of neo-Kelmscott initials, borders and opening words cut on wood from designs by Louise Powell. The new Ashendene type was imitated and adapted from the Geographia of Ptolemaeus, printed by Leonard Holle at Ulm in 1482. In two columns, with red used chiefly for headings and shoulder notes, decorated but not illustrated, this link with the Kelmscott past was an entirely successful venture” (Franklin, The Ashendene Press).

Ashendene Bibliography XXXVI. Franklin, The Ashendene Press, pp. 241-242.Ransom, Private Presses, p. 206, no. 39. Tomkinson, p. 8, no. 39. Item #01434

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