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The Century Guild Hobby Horse. Issue No. 1 (1884) [WITH:] Vol. 1 (1886) - Vol. 7 (1893) [AND:] The Hobby Horse. (New Series). Vol. 1 - Vol. 3. (1894)

Hobby Horse. Mackmurdo, A. H., S. Image and H. Horne (Editors)

Orpington / London. Kegan Paul, Trench & Co. 1884; 1886–1894
A very scarce complete series of the Arts and Crafts periodical.

This scarce complete set of 'The Century Guild Hobby Horse' (later 'The Hobby Horse') includes the original suppressed first issue of 1884; the periodical began to be issued once more in 1886 with a further first issue.

'The aim of the Century Guild is to render all branches of Art the sphere, no longer of the tradesman, but of the artist. It would restore building, decoration, glass-painting, pottery, wood-carving, and metal-work to their rightful place beside painting and sculpture. By so placing them they would once more be regarded as legitimate and honoured expressions of the artistic spirit, and would stand in their true relation not only to sculpture and painting but to the drama, to music, and to literature ... In other words, the Century Guild seeks to emphasize the Unity of Art; and by thus dignifying Art in all its forms it hopes to make it living, a thing of our own century, and of the people'. (From the prospectus for publication).
7 vols. 4to. Illustrated throughout. Vols. 1 - 3 and 5 - 6 in publisher's vellum backed boards. Vols. 4 and 7 in original wrappers (4 issues to each year). New Series vols. 1 - 3 and issue number 1 in original pictorial wrappers.

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