Seven Acres Press & Loyd Haberly

Loyd Haberly (December 9, 1896–March 27, 1981) was an American poet, letterpress printer, and educator. Seven Acres Press was established in the garden of Seven Acres, a house on the edge of the Buckinghamshire village of Long Crendon. The house was owned by a Yorkshire woman, a Mrs Durnford who lived there with her middle-aged ward, Agatha Walker. Both were musical and devoted to William Morris. Mrs Durnford had invited Haberly to build a printery and bindery in the corner of the seven acre field they owned and he took about a year to build it and from here he printed some fifteen books or so from 1925 through to the early 1930s. He went briefly to run Gregynog Press and then was a US professor of English literature. Once back in the USA he continued hand printing from 1940-1976. A brief obituary is here – http://www.nytimes.com/1981/03/28/obituaries/loyd-haberly-dies-at-84-poet-teacher-and-dean.html An interesting biography is here: https://www.lib.uiowa.edu/scua/bai/satter2.htm

This is a very modest production, a little pamphlet,  but lovely in its way. His very first production! Green silk thread on the binding. His substantial later printings and bindings can be seen in the photo below.

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Like as the Damaske Rose – Verses on Mans Mortalitie with an other of The Hope of His Resurrection.  Published by The Seven Acres Press, Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire (1925).  Limp decorated cover. Very good copy. No Jacket. 8vo – over 7¾ – 9¾” tall. Unpaginated. Limited edition of 500 copies on hand made paper. Un-numbered. Reprinted with woodcuts by “L.H.”

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