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Lot 251: Ashbee (C.R.) Seven autograph letters signed, one

The Hodson Collection: Books, Manuscripts, Prints & Artwork

by Bloomsbury Auctions

April 4, 2013

London, United Kingdom

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Description: Ashbee (C.R.) Seven autograph letters signed, one to Constance Belliss, the remainder to Laurence W. Hodson, 20pp., 8vo and 4to, all but one on various headed papers, 1898-1907, the first describing the setting up of the Essex House Press and its organisation into three distinct areas: finance, labour, and aesthetics "the aesthetic & editorial will be exclusively in your & my hands."; others with news of the press, including the printing of 'The Doings of Death' for which Hodson already owned Strang's blocks (his autograph notes included); another discussing Hodson's monastic life on Caldy, quoting a poem by Rossetti, and saying "There's one fundamental flaw in it though, & your generalization as to the monk, the farmer, the artist & the rest of them won't wash because it ignores sex.", continuing with further reflections on monastic life, the future of Germany "Our real hope should be to get them to reform themselves & upset their own militarism.", hoping for the formation of a League of Nations "some international police force that shall make war difficult if not impossible.", the position of the U.S.A., conscription, the liberal government's handling of the drink question, and the Near Eastern question; together with an autograph letter signed by Janet Ashbee to Laurence W. Hodson 4pp. 4to, n.d., asking for advice about a one man show for her husband, folded.

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