The 1924 Ashendene edition of The Golden Asse of Lucius Apuleius sold for £17,000 in the November 21-22 sale held by Bamfords.

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The book is considered one of the finer achievements of CH St John Hornby’s press and its decoration includes coloured and gilt initials by Graily Hewitt that are a feature of this and other Ashendene publications.

One of those rare vellum copies (above) offered as part of the book section of a November 21-22 sale held by Bamfords (12.5% buyer’s premium) was bound in full brick-red morocco gilt at the WH Smith bindery, perhaps by Douglas Cockerell.

Modestly estimated at £500-700, it sold instead at £17,000 – more than doubling the previous auction best, set at Sotheby’s New York back in 1989.