Thomas W. Smith, proprietor, Caslon Letter Foundry, London
Caslon Letter Foundry, 22 Chiswell Street, EC. [London] July 1896.
1p., 12mo. Attractively printed within a decorative border, on the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir | The Specimen Book sent you herewith, of which I have much pleasure in asking your acceptance, contains a history of the Caslon Foundry printed with the justly celebrated types engraved by its founder in the early part of last Century.
F. Crawford Burkitt [The Hymn of Bardaisan; Laurence Hodson and C. R. Ashbee; The Essex House Press]
'Printed at the Press of the Guild of Handicraft, Limited, under the supervision of C. R. Ashbee.' [Essex House Press production] Published by Edward Arnold, 37 Bedford Street, Strand.
30 + [ii] pp., 12mo. One of 300 copies. Printed in Caslon in red and black on Batchelor handmade paper. Wood-engraved initial and press-mark. Worn grey paper-covered boards with printed labels on spine and front board. Internally good in worn binding with discoloured spine splitting. Inscribed 'With every kind thought from C. Persis Burkitt. | July 17th.' Bookplate in green and black of D. Tecwyn Lloyd. The "second book printed at the Essex House Press".