The First [-Second] Part of The History of the Valorous and Wittie Knight-Errant Don Quixote of the Mancha
Chelsea: The Ashendene Press, 1927-1928. 2 volumes, folio. (17 x 12 inches). Text printed in double columns with chapter headings and shoulder notes in red, woodcut foliated initials and borders by W.M. Quick and George H. Ford after Louise Powell. Uncut.
Full green crushed morocco, bound by W.H. Smith and Son, spines with raised bands in six compartments, first and second gilt lettered. Cloth and marbled board slipcases.
One of 225 copies on Batchelor paper, out of a total edition of 245 copies.
Translated by Thomas Shelton. One of the masterpieces of the Ashendene Press.
The largest-sized book of the Ashendene Press, Don Quixote represented a new direction for the Ashendene Press in its typeface and decoration. The new typeface by Emery Walker was based on the font used in the Ulm 1482 edition of Ptolemy and was "a much lighter, more elegant letter than the earlier fount," the denser Subiaco type. "And with the use of this less dictatorial type face, the printer could cast away a little of his restraint in planning whatever lay outside it. So in Don Quixote we find at last an alphabet of open and freely drawn, decorative initial letters, designed by Louise Powell and shadowing something of Kelmscott Press taste from years before." Franklin, pp. 56-57
Ashendene Bibliography XXXVI; Franklin pp. 56-57; Ransom 39.