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Ashbee exhibition catalog
Having acquired a copy of the catalog mentioned here earlier of the exhi-
bition on C. R. Ashbee at Craftsman Farms in Parsippany, NJ, I can now say
a few words about it. It has 75 pages; it measures 8 1/2 x 11 inches; and
it is paperbound. Camera ready copy was produced on a Macintosh, and a
local "quick-print" shop ran off 200 copies. There are numerous illustra-
tions, all in black-and-white and some of inferior quality. Most of the
illustrations do not relate to books, and there are none at all of bindings.
The illustrations taken from books are mainly decorated initial letters,
press marks and tailpieces. The first 46 pages of the catalog contain
essays about Ashbee, a two-page bibliography, a statement about Craftsman
Farms, and a two-page list of American museums and libraries containing
Ashbee material. The rest of the catalog is a checklist of the exhibition.
The essays include "Essex House Press: The Idea of the Book Beautiful,"
pp. 32-39 and "Essex House Bindery: Power of the Press," pp. 39-40. The
part of the checklist devoted to "Fine Printing" occupies pp. 57-74 and
describes 43 items. This is followed by a brief section on the "Essex
House Bindery," pp. 74-75 that describes five items, one of which is a
"Prospectus for New Bindery." The annotations are critical, well written
and sometimes fairly lengthy. For those who missed my earlier posting about
the catalog, it can be obtained for $10.00 plus $1.00 s & h from Craftsman
Farms, 2352 Rte. 10-W, Box 5, Morris Plains, NJ 07950. The title is "C. R.
Ashbee and the Guild of Handicraft: An English View of the Craftsman Ideal."
The exhibition will be up until the end of October. Craftsman Farms is
about 35 minutes from the Lincoln Tunnel, and if anyone wants directions I
would be glad to send them by e-mail. Phil Weimerskirch, Providence Public