A NEW exhibition of books published by one of the best known private presses that flourished around the 1900s, is opening in Chipping Campden.

C R Ashbee, one of the most important figures in the Arts & Crafts movement, set up the Essex House Press in London in 1898.

The press moved with Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft to Chipping Campden in 1902, which is one of the most romantic and well-known stories of the Arts and Crafts movement.

This new exhibition, the second major show from the collection since it was acquired in 2009, focuses on about 90 books published by the Essex House Press which reflect Ashbee’s interests and friendships.

These include Beauty’s Awakening and An Endeavour towards the teaching of John Ruskin and William Morris.

Court Barn has the most extensive collection of Essex House Press books in the world - many belonged to Ashbee himself - and are signed and annotated by him.

The exhibition, sponsored by Cutts of Campden, opens in Court Barn Museum on Friday and runs until Sunday, June 8.