Chelsea: StJ. Hornby, 1903. Item #04449
With Initial Letters Hand Painted in Gold, Red and Blue by Graily Hewitt
ASHENDENE PRESS. Quinti Horati Flacci Carmina Alcaica. StJ. Hornby: Chelsea in aedibus, 1903.
One of 150 copies (out of a total of 175) printed on Japanese paper.
Small octavo (7 3/16 x 5 inches; 183 x 126 mm.). , 3-69, [1, colophon], [1, erratum], [1, blank] pp. The initial letters to each Ode are filled in by hand in gold, red, and blue, by Graily Hewitt. (Ashendene Bibliography, p. 48).
Publisher's limp white vellum, smooth spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained blue. Armorial bookplate of the 13th Duke of Somerset on front paste-down. A fine copy.
William Graily Hewit or Graily Hewitt (1864–1952) was a British novelist and calligrapher, second only to Edward Johnston in importance to the revival of calligraphy in the country at the turn of the twentieth century. Hewitt sought to link calligraphy and type design, arguing that type should represent creations of pen. The Treyford Type, employed for The Pen and Type Design, was a design of Hewitt's. He also created a series of initials for St. John Hornby's Ashendene Press, during the long period 1902 to 1935.
Ashendene Bibliography, Number XV; Franklin, p.236.