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A WOODBLOCK FROM THE ASHENDENE PRESS FEATURING A SCENE FROM PARADISO, CANTO XIII., Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321).
1 Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321). A WOODBLOCK FROM THE ASHENDENE PRESS FEATURING A SCENE FROM PARADISO, CANTO XIII.
London: The Ashendene Press, 1905. 
The Ashendene Press issued a three-volume Commedia between 1902 and 1905, and this woodblock was used in that edition of Paradiso. Printed in an edition of just 170 copies (50 on paper and 20 on vellum) with woodcut illustrations after the original woodcuts of the 1497 edition. The Ashendene Press, which set all of its editions by hand, issued 40 books in the years from 1895-1915 and 1920-1935. It's 1909 folio-sized edition of Dante (Tutte L'Opere) is generally considered one of the 'triple crown' of fine press printing along with the Doves Press Bible and the Kelmscott Chaucer.

 
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2 Ashley, Frederick W. THE VOLLBEHR INCUNABULA AND THE BOOK OF BOOKS Address by Frederick W. Ashley, Chief Assistant Librarian of the Library of Congress, Before the Eleventh National Conference on Printing Education at a Session Held in the Library of Congress Auditorium, Washington, District of Columbia, on the twenty-seventh day of June, anno Domini nineteen hundred and thirty two.
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1932. Near Fine 
Folio. Printed parchment wrappers. Stunningly printed in black, blue and red in 42 lines of type, in homage to the printing of Vollbehr's copy of the Gutenberg Bible, which the Public Printer, George Henry Carter, helped to secure for the Library of Congress. Congress. A sumptuous and remarkable production. From the colophon: "Designed and printed by George Henry Carter.public printer of the United States of America. to the number of four hundred and twenty copies bound in parchment, impressed on handmade paper with Cloister types in two columns of forty-two lines each and illuminated with handmade initial letters smiliar to the Gutenberg Bible in the Library of Congress.MCMXXXII. This copy is no 163."

 
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3 Delamotte, F. (Freeman), 1814-1862. THE BOOK OF ORNAMENTAL ALPHABETS, ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL, FROM THE EIGHTH CENTURY WITH NUMERALS, INCLUDING GOTHIC;CHURCH TEXT, LARGE AND SMALL; GERMAN ARABESQUE; INITIALS FOR ILLUMINATION, MONOGRAMS, CROSSES &C.
London: Lockwood and Co., 1863. 
Oblong 8vo. 6 3/4" x 9 1/4". 54pp. Blindstamped brown cloth boards with gilt lettering. Fifth edition of this book of alphabet specimens, scarce in any edition. Corners rubbed, narrow stain down left side of front cover. Each page depicts in color various alphabets, ornaments, and styles, including lettering and initials, from the 8th until the 17th century.

 
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4 Orcutt, William Dana. THE MANUAL OF LINOTYPE TYPOGRAPHY. PREPARED TO AID USERS AND PRODUCERS OF PRINTING IN SECURING GREATER UNITY AND REAL BEAUTY IN THE PRINTED PAGE.
Brooklyn, NY: Mergenthaler Linotype Company, 1923. Near Fine 
Large 4to. 256 pp. Blind-stamped brown cloth with black lettering. Strikingly printed in black, red, and green ink . Tipped-in frontispiece featuring a printer at work.

 
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5 [KENT, ROCKWELL]. THE ANNUAL OF BOOKMAKING: THE COLOPHON 1938.
New York: The Colophon, 1938. Very Good 
4to. 320 pages. Beige and blue buckram embossed with silver gilt and black lettering. Profusely illustrated. According to Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt's One Hundred Books About Bookmaking, "A good survey of American bookmaking in the interwar period, built up from a series of brief monographs of outstanding personalities and organizations, presses, publishing firms, and machine composition houses. The signatures of the book are in themselves examples of careful designing and printing, each of them produced independently from the others and printed by a different firm or individual." Includes sections on Binding Design by W.A. Dwiggins, The University of California Press, Rydal Press of Santa Fe, Riverside Press, Walpole Printing Office, Derrydale Press, Hawthorn House, George Grady Press, Ward Ritchie Press, Yale University Press, Taylor & Taylor, Press of the Wooly Whale, Limited Editions Club, Overbrook Press, Lakeside Press, and Pynson Printers, with each section designed and produced at each.

 
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