Modern English Silverwork: An Essay By C. R. Ashbee, Together With A Series Of Designs By The Author Drawn Upon A Hundred Separate Lithograph Plates And Coloured By Hand With A Descriptive Index

Ashbee, C. R

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Published by Batsford, London, UK, 1908. 1st edition. Original green buckram. Paper spine label. Size: 25.7cm x 32.7cm. Pp. 12 (2) 15-34 (2) + 100 lithographic plates, woodblock to colophon leaf. Printed at the Essex House Press, Norman Chapel, Broad Campden. Number 22 of 200 copies signed by C R Ashbee. Former copy of the Assay Office, Birmingham, with their very neat, unobtrusive stamp. This highly important and notoriously fragile production has darkening to the spine label and splits to the buckram on the spine which have been repaired and the boards are in much cleaner condition than is usually found. The front and rear blank endpapers are loose and with toning to some of the plates and browning to the edges of the pages due to the paper stock. The plates, many of which are hand-coloured, are in very good condition, as is the woodblock. Published just after The Guild of Handicrafts had gone into liquidation, this work was a testament to Ashbee’s defiance and self-belief in the importance of his work in the Arts and Crafts Movement. Scarce in the first edition in any condition and overall a very good copy.

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