The Ashendene Press

  • A Descriptive Bibliography of the Books Printed at the Ashendene Press, MDCCCXCV-MCMXXXV
  • By Charles Harold St. John Hornby
  • Printed in red, blue and black, initials by Graily Hewitt, specimen pages from all the books bound in plus numerous other illustrations
  • Shelley House, Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1935
  • Book: 245mm x 340mm x 40mm
  • Box: 310mm x 363mm x 50mm
  • Bound in 2016
  • Collection of James Freemantle, UK

Full leather binding bound in red goatskin with various coloured inlays and onlays.
The leather is embroidered over the onlays with coloured silks and metallic threads using a variety of embroidery stitches.
There are two wooden letters, "A" and "P", plus one gold-plated brass "E" attached to the boards.
Gold-tooled ivy leaves are scattered over the whole book, done using a tool made specifically for this binding.
The endpapers and doublures are printed using the soft-plate off-set printing method.
 
Oak box, mitred and held together with brass pins at each of the box corners with a frosted perspex lid through which the binding can partially be seen.
The box also houses the bespoke ivy leaf finishing tool with mahogany handle.
 
Description of Design

The book is a bibliography of the Ashendene Press and pictures many fonts that were designed for the Press. I decided to base my design on these, using them to illustrate the title of the binding across the cover. The endpapers are designed to look like a sample sheet of the Subaico font, based on a half-Roman type that was specially cast for the press, with the words "Ashendene" and "Press" pierced out on the front and back doublures and highlighted with gold leaf.

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