The Doves Press English Bible
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Title: The English Bible, Containing the Old Testament & the New Translated Out of the Original Tongues by Special Command of His Majesty King James the First...
Place Published: Hammersmith
Date Published: 1903-1905
5 volumes. 394; 518; 390; 300; 307 pp. Initial letters printed in red. (Folio) 33.5x23.5 cm (13Â¼x9Â¼"), original full limp vellum by the Doves Bindery, spines lettered in gilt, housed in five brown morocco-backed tan cloth slipcases, each with a matching tan chemise with morocco pull. One of 500 copies printed by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker at the Doves Press.
One of the legendary fine printings of the Bible and the Masterpiece of the Doves Press. The sixth publication of the press. The text has been "revised by a collation of its early and other principal editions and edited by the late Rev. F.H. Scrivener M.A. L.L.S. for the Syndics of the University Press Cambridge." The Doves Press of T.J. Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker was a significant contributor to the fine press tradition of the Arts and Crafts movement. The pair were associates of William Morris, founder of the Kelmscott Press, their press replaced the ornateness of Morris's designs, retaining however the sense of drama through bold details and the iconic Doves Type. All of the Doves' printings were produced with a single font of type, a font that would later be lost when, in a now infamous action in response to a bitter dispute with Walker, Cobden-Sanderson tossed all existing matrices into the River Thames from Hammersmith Bridge. The crown jewel of Doves' achievements remains this edition of the King James Bible, with the iconic initial letter "I" from "In the Beginning" gently cascading down the page, alongside the elegant block of text. Tidcombe, DP 6. Provenance: The Estate of John Phelan, purchased in 1972 from David Magee who had purchased the set from the estate of Mrs. John I. Walter of San Francisco. Magee had sold the set to Mrs. Walter himself around 1935 after first purchasing it from London bookseller Marks & Co. A letter from Magee and Dr Phelan's receipt are laid in. The slipcases were made by Herbert and Peter Fahey for Mrs. Walter.