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(ESSEX HOUSE PRESS.) GOLDSMITH, Oliver.

The Deserted Village.

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Published: Campden, Gloucestershire Essex House Press, 1904

Stock Code: 133537

£1,500
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Notes

First Essex House Press edition, number 14 of 150 copies only, all printed on, and bound in, vellum. Goldsmith's poem, first published in 1770, is a pastoral elegy and political polemic which depicts an idealised, and supposedly lost, rural lifestyle. It is presented here as the twelfth work in the Essex House Press Great Poems Series. The Essex House Press was founded by Charles Robert Ashbee and Laurence Hodson following the closure of William Morris's Kelmscott Press in 1897 and "came from the heart of the arts and crafts movement" (Franklin, p. 64). Ashbee bought the Kelmscott Press's Albion printing presses after William Morris's death, and employed one of the Kelmscott compositors, Thomas Binning. In 1902 "a bindery was established in the Guild, under the direction of Annie Power, who had been a student of Douglas Cockerell" (Crawford, p. 400). For this work Power provided the illuminated letters, alongside Florence Kingsford Cockerell (1871-1949), one of the leading book illuminators of the English Arts and Crafts Movement, who studied calligraphy under Edward Johnston and predominantly worked for the Ashendene Press. This copy has the errata note correcting the imprint to read "Essex House Press" loosely inserted.

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Description

Small octavo, pp. 24. Original stiff vellum, spine lettered in gilt, "Soul is Form" rose motif stamped in blind to front cover, edges untrimmed.

Illustrations

Hand-coloured frontispiece and colophon vignette with tissue guards, by Charles Robert Ashbee, illuminated letters in gilt, red, blue, and green by Florence Kingsford Cockerell and Anastasia "Annie" Power.

Condition

With a presentation bookplate from Leonard Holgate Memorial Library, presented the Bristol District Committee of the J.I.C. for Printing and Allied Trades to The Bristol School of Printing. Front board slightly bowed, as often with vellum, tissue guards a little foxed; else a fine copy.

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