ASHENDENE PRESS. BERNERS, Dame Juliana. ~ A Treatyse of Fysshyne wyth an Angle.
One of 150 copies on Batchelor Ashendene paper, there were 25 copies on vellum. With wood block illustrations copied from the woodcuts used in the original Treatise. Printed in Subiaco type with one red initial, otherwise printed in black. 8vo., a very good copy in original limp vellum.
With the booklabel of C.F.J. Beausire and with the second half of an als from Hornby on headed paper from his house Chantmarle in Dorset. In it he talks about the prices of one of his earlier books and says “I am glad you like the Subiaco type. I think it has a wonderful nobility, and it is besides very good to read”.
This charming book is taken from the Boke of St. Albans printed by Wynkyn de Worde in 1496. This was the first printed book on fishing in English.
Franklin writes a typically eloquent and well-informed essay on this “small and happy book” in which he draws our attention to, among other things, the way that “Poor old Keates” re-made the illustrations with such literal veracity that he reproduced a crack in the original woodcut.