THE STRAWBERRY HILL PRESS AND ITS PRINTING HOUSE

STEPHEN CLARKE
152pp 44 COLOUR ILLUS 2011 LIST PRICE: £40.00 E320

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Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Press, founded in 1757, is the most celebrated of the early English private presses, unique for the importance of the books, pamphlets and ephemera it produced. This illustrated study of the Press draws on a remarkable array of surviving images of the Printing House, many of them newly discovered and previously unstudied. But more than that, this book provides an original and sustained analysis of Walpole's extraordinary literary endeavour, and of the complex variety of purposes that the Press fulfilled. The volume not only assesses all known images to discover what they can tell us about Walpole's Press, but also reveals that, quite unexpectedly, a large part of the Printing House survives to this day.