The Daniel Press

Title: By Severn Sea and Other Poems, 1897.
Author: WARREN, Herbert
Book Description: First edition. (viii) 72 pages. and printed by Henry Daniel on handmade paper. untrimmed edges, title page with border of fleurons repeated on cover. Fragile overlap wraps chipped and browned at edges, the front leaf detached but present, copy No 36 of 130. Card of T.D.Weldon, Magdelen College, affixed to flyleaf. Weldon was a colleague of C.S.Lewis who writes about him variously. Apart from the rather usual state of the covers the book is fine.

Not much to look at for such a famous press, falling apart really too!  No rubrication, or initials by his family or anything, just a plain vanilla example.

Daniel Press was run by Charles Henry Olive Daniel (1836–1919) and members of his family, firstly at Frome and afterwards in Oxford. Henry Daniel began printing in 1845, when still a schoolboy, at Frome in Somerset, and he continued to print books and ephemera well into the twentieth century, latterly at Oxford where he ultimately became Provost of Worcester College.  His typography was antiquarian in style, and the quality of his printing might be described as vigorous rather than fine. However, he was a great enthusiast for letterpress, and is notable for the early date of his private press activities (starting more than forty years before William Morris conceived the Kelmscott Press and the so-called ‘private press movement’ began).  He was also notable for using the Fell types, and a number of historical ornaments, cast by Oxford University Press when these were considered unfashionable by most other printers and publishers. I like these printer’s pressmarks.

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