[Long Crendon Buckinghamshire:]: Seven Acres Press, 1930. One of 120 copies, of which sixty-five were “issued.” The most substantial production of Haberly’s Seven Acres Press, published at fifteen pounds. Purchasers included Emery Walker, Maurice Baring, Bernard Shaw, and Robert Bridges. A fine copy. Newly bound in quarter light brown morocco over turquoise floral-decorated boards. Octavo. , 210, [14, index and colophon] pp. Printed in red and green on Kelmscott handmade paper. Dedicated to Robert Bridges. Item #11737
Loyd Haberly (1896-1981) was born in Ellsworth, Iowa, but when he was still a young boy, his family moved to Oregon. He attended Reed College, then went to Harvard to work do graduate work in the area of international law. After earning a master’s degree from Harvard, he was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to read law at Oxford. In England, Haberly discovered the arts and crafts movement and began taking classes in the book arts at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Mrs. Arthur Durnford and Agatha Walker, both devoted followers of William Morris, invited him to set up a printing press at their home, Seven Acres, in Long Crendon. Haberly stayed at the Seven Acres Press between 1925 and 1933, printing sixteen books, most of which he authored himself. At that point, he was offered the post of controller at the Gregynog Press in Wales. His relationship with the Gregynog Press was fraught with conflicts, and only five books were published during his tenure, but they were some of the Gregynog Press’s finest publications, including The Star of Seville, The Cyrupaedia, Eros and Psyche, Anne Boleyn, and The Story of a Red Deer. During that time, Haberly also helped to design the new Paradiso type. After severing his relationship with the Gregynog Press, Haberly again took up residence with Alice Walker and Mrs. Durnford, who now had a new house in Stoney Down, which he had designed for them. There, he printed one last English book, The Crowning Year and Other Poems. Then he returned to America.