The Faerie Queene

Alternative Title

The Faerie Queene disposed into twelue bookes fashioning XII morall vertues

Date Created



PR2358 1923 [Special Collections Dble Oversize]



Ashendene Press : Middlesex, England


The colophon, or finishing stroke, is a note at the end of a book giving all or some of the following particulars: name of work, author, printer, place of printing and date. In its elementary function of identifying the edition, it has been superceded by the title-page. Many private press productions contain colophons, offering additional information on paper and press used, issues printed (here 180 paper copies; 12 on vellum), and in this example from the C.H. St. John Hornby’s Ashendene Press, a strikingly red printer’s device and a prayer to future binders about cropping the deckled edged pages. The Ashendene Press is ranked as one of the Trinity of English private presses, alongside Doves and Kelmscott.




Spenser, Edmund and Smith, James Bruce Kehanlts, “The Faerie Queene,” | OUR Heritage, accessed April 22, 2024,