Ugolino VerinoVita di Santa Chiara Vergine composta per Ugolino Verino, Cittadino Florentino. Reprinted from the original Manuscript with an Introduction and Notes by Walter W. Seton.

Printed by C. H. St. J. Hornby at the Ashendene Press, Shelley House, Chelsea, in the County of London, and finished this seventeenth day of May of the year 1921.

Chelsea: at the Ashendene Press, 1921. 4to minor. [6 blank], [2], xvi, [2], [4 facsimile], [2], 95, [1], [8 blank] pp. Original limp vellum. Ties somewhat brittle and frayed with age, missing most of bottom tie. Otherwise a very good copy.

HORNBY, A descriptive bibliography of the books printed at the Ashendene Press: XXX

One of 236 copies on paper. 10 was also printed on vellum. Hornby registers though only 195 copies for commerce. Fine and broad-margined print in red and black, with initials in red and blue.  2 facsimiles of the first four pages of the Florence manuscript from 1496 bound in.

Ashendene Press

Private press founded in 1895 by Sir St. John Hornby (1867-1946). During the years 1895-1915 & 1920-1935 Ashendene Press issued 40 limited edition books. of which all were set by hand. Ashendene Press , together with the Kelmscott Press and the Doves Press, was the leader of the 19th-century revival of fine English printing.

Exceptional provenance

The book has first been aquired for Harvard College Library through the legacy of John Harvey Treat (1839-1908), a bibliophile, able to “scent from afar” a rare old book to acquire for his personal library, which he had begun to assemble while still an undergraduate (Harvard class notes, 1862). His main donation to Harvard is his ”Great Catacomb Library”. The legacy of Mr. John Harvey Treat continues to provide Harvard today with the financial means necessary to acquire works to the collections. At some point George Parker Winship, curator for the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library (Harvard), bought the copy when it was deaccessioned. The book has then been passed on to Winships protégé Philip Hofer.


Ex libris from Harvard College Library: From the bequest of John Harvey Treat of Lawrence, Mass, Class of 1862.

Duplicate deaccession stamps from Harvard College Library on ex libris and title page verso. George Parker Winship. ”Sold to G. P. Winship written on ex libris”. Winships signature on flyleaf.

Philip Hofers ex libris above Harvard College University / John Harvey Treat ex libris.


PRICE:  6 500,-


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