ASHENDENE PRESS. ~ Vita di Santa Chiara Vergine
Collotype facsimiles of the first two leaves of the original manuscript bound after the introduction. Printed in Subiaco type in red and black with initials, designed by Graily Hewitt, printed in blue. One of 236 copies. 8vo., original limp vellum with green silk ties, fore and lower edges untrimmed. An exceptionally good, fresh copy, top edge just very slightly spotted.
Reprinted from the fifteenth century Florentine manuscript by Ugolino Verino which was in the private collection of Hornby, having been bought by him at Sothebys in 1918. After the sale the Franciscan scholar Walter Seton asked permission to study it as a hitherto unknown version of the Life of St. Clare and his introduction and notes printed here summarise the results of his work. As Franklin points out, this and the Omar Khayyam are the two Ashendenes which rank as serious critical editions as well as beautiful pieces of printing.