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Ashendene

Ashendene

A page from the Ashendene Press edition of Malory’s ‘Morte d’Arthur’ (1913). The young Arthur, unconscious as yet of his birth and destiny, draws the sword in the churchyard at London, in a design by the Gloucestershire artist, Charles Gere. The Ashendene Press was the leisure interest of Charles St. John Hornby, a remarkable partner in the firm of W.H. Smith & Son. His publications are renowned for a felicitous combination of elegant typography and attractive woodcuts. The Malory is one of only 145 copies printed on paper. (A further eight copies were produced on vellum). It was purchased from the estate of Thomas Webb Williams, a discerning collector of books, who had played a leading role in the campaign to secure a university charter for Bristol and had been a benefactor of the University Library.