- London: Essex House Press, (1906).
- full vellum, slipcase.
- 85, (3) pages.
- ISBN: none
Price: $350.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 135570
Limited to 125 paper copies of which this copy is one of 118 on paper. There were an additional 7 copies printed on vellum. A few small marks to vellum covers and a couple spots to end-papers otherwise an excellent copy. Contents clean and unmarked. This work first appeared in 1509 in a printing by Wynkyn de Worde. The author, John of Rochester, or John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester (1469-1535) was beheaded in 1535 by the grandson of Margaret of Richmond & Darby, Henry VIII. The Essex House Press, which produced this edition (cf. Modern British and American Private Presses, 1850-1965; British Museum, p.66) was started in 1898 by C.R. Ashbee as part of his Guild of Handicrafts, originally at Essex House, and employed some of the workers from the Kelmscott Press. Roderick Cave, in The Private Press, 2nd ed., Bowker, 1983, describes the Essex House Press as "an Arts and Crafts Press par excellence," but with a touch of Art Nouveau (p.125). The Press did not do well as a business, nor does its version of the Kelmscott style seem to have enjoyed aesthetic success, and the Guild discontinued printing in 1910, although at least one book appeared later under the Essex House imprint. The book is well-printed on paper of somewhat nonuniform sizes and bound in vellum, with the short form of the title stamped in gold on the spine. The unusual typeface, with its occasional flourishes, frequently slanted serifs and rather elaborate upper case letters, was probably designed by Ashbee himself. It is a kind of type which works best with a small page, such as here. The frontispiece is a woodcut by C.R. Ashbee himself. The woodcut, a tailpiece, two fleurons, and an elaborate ampersand constitute the ornamentation. Title page printed in red and black.