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Ashendene Press Collection

Identifier: Ashendene Press Collection

Scope and Contents

The Ashendene Press Collection consists of correspondence between Charles Harry St. John Hornby and Allerton Cushman Hickmott pertaining to the latter's collecting of Ashendene Press books, as well as ephemera, announcements, book lists, individual poems, prospectuses, and a type specimen.


  • circa 1915-1977

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

Ashendene Press was an English private press which operated between 1895-1915 and 1920-1935. Founded in Chelsea, England, the Ashendene Press were known for its use of two fonts, Subiaco and Ptolemy.

Charles Harry St. John Hornby (1867-1946) was the founder of Ashendene Press. In 1900, Hornby began to learn new fonts from Sydney Cockerell, secretary to William Morris of Kelmscott Press.

Allerton C. Hickmott (1895-1977), author and book collector, received an honorary doctor of laws from Trinity College in 1958. A graduate of Dartmouth, Hickmott donated a major collection of Shakespeariana to Dartmouth College.


.25 Cubic Feet (1 archival box)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Ashendene Press Collection was donated by Allerton C. Hickmott to the Watkinson Library at an unidentified time.

Processing Information

The collection was catalogued sometime between 2016 and 2019.

Guide to the Ashendene Press Collection
In Progress
Eric C. Stoykovich
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library Manuscripts Repository

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