Lot 35: (DOVES PRESS / ASHENDENE PRESS.) Milton, John. Paradise Regain''d.
December 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (DOVES PRESS / ASHENDENE PRESS.) Milton, John. Paradise Regain''d. Doves type printed in black and red and Greek type designed by Selwyn Image. Small 4to, publisher''s gilt-lettered vellum, usual natural discoloration, small red mark on front cover; portion of dampstaining to outer margin of final 11 leaves; bookplate of J. F. Williams on pastedown. one of 300 unnumbered copies. Hammersmith, 1905
Notes: inscribed and signed by charles harold st. john hornby, founder of the ashendene press as a wedding gift to Sir John Fischer Williams on July 29th, 1911. Williams became a well-known international lawyer who was the British Legal Representative on the Reparation Commission under the Treaty of Versailles. The two may have met at Oxford or when Hornby was appointed High Sheriff of the County of London while Williams was practicing law. A further gift inscription to a relative of Williams is written below Hornby''s. a nice association copy by one master of english modern press gifting a volume created by another.