Order Nr. 137995 KEATS. John Keats.


(Doves Press).

Selected Poems. Selected and Arranged by Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson.

  • London, Hammersmith: Doves Press, The, 1914.
  • 8vo.
  • limp vellum, spine titled in gilt, later slipcase
  • 203 pages.
  • ISBN: none

Price: $3,000.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 137995

Limited to 212 copies, of which this copy is one of 200 on paper. (Catalogue RAISONNE, p.22; Tidcombe DP36; Tomkinson p. 58.). With bookplate, "J. W. R. Brocklebank." The vellum has darkened, albeit naturally. A tight, bright, and unmarred copy. Printed in red & black by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson at The Doves Press, and bound by The Doves Bindery, with bookbinder's ticket on rear pastedown.

Cobden-Sanderson first considered a selection of Keats' poetry for the Doves Press in 1913. It was announced in December 1914 for publication in January 1915.

After establishing the Doves Bindery in 1893, Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson partnered with Emery Walker to found the Doves Press in 1901. Alongside the Kelmscott, Ashendene and Vale presses it is considered one of the cornerstones of the Golden Age of Private Press, drawing heavily on the spirit of the Arts & Crafts Movement that flowered at the turn of the century. The two partners, along with Sydney Cockerell, created type based on Nicolas Jenson's Roman type (1470s), named the 'Doves Type.' Unfortunately, the relationship between the two partners deteriorated, resulting in said type being famously dumped in the Thames, where it languished until 2014, when it was rescued and subsequently digitalised.