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Two volumes. One of 180 copies & 200 copies respectively on Batchelor 'knight in armour' paper, there were also 12 & 15 copies printed on vellum. Printed in double column in red, blue (particularly in the Minor Poems )and black in Subiaco type with large initials printed in red and blue designed by Graily Hewitt, who also designed the opening words for each Booke of the Faerie Queene. The Greek type which appears occasionally designed by Selwyn Image for Macmillan. Folio, original brown cowhide backed ivory vellum sides bound in the WH Smith bindery with their monogram on the lower turn-in, gilt lettering on spine. Both volumes have some rubbing on the headcaps and tiny chips at the bottoms of the spine, slight offset on the free endpapers from booklabels but in general they are good, fresh copies.
Major J. R. Abbey's set with his shelf marks on the lower pastedown and last blank both dated 1927. The paper for these volumes is larger in size than any used before at the Press and in the Bibliography Hornby begs any future binders to leave it alone and not trim it down thus spoiling his carefully designed proportions of the margins. The Minor Poemswas the last of the Ashendene Press Folios printed in Subiaco type and it was a stupendous swansong with the superb balance of the lines of poems in two columns and with the fine colour printing and large initials. The Faerie Queene, written in the 1590s by Spenser is one of the longest poems in the English language. It follows Arthurian knights in the examination of 12 moral virtues and was a huge success in its time owing to Elizabeth I's political approval of its noble and virtuous teachings and its celebration of the Tudor dynasty. Quite a text to undertake. It took Hornby nearly two years to print it. With the booklabel of Clarence B. Hanson
Ashendene Bibliography XXXII & XXXV