- Hammersmith, England: Doves Press, The, (1903-1905].
- five folio volumes (13 3/16 x 9 3/16 inches; 335 x 234 mm)
- full limp vellum, uncut fore and tail edges, later slipcase
- ISBN: none
Price: $18,000.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 63877
One of 500 copies printed on handmade paper by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker. (Tidcombe DP6; Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, pp. 90-92, Huntington Library, Great Books in Great Editions, 7, Ransom, Private Presses, p. 251, no. 6, Tomkinson, p. 54, no. 6, Hutner and Kelly, Century for the Century, 4.) "This edition of the Bible is considered the masterpiece of the Doves Press. . . The type is a particularly crisp and faithful version of Jenson's fifteenth-century roman. It was cut in only one size, which was used in all of the half-hundred issues of the Press. When the Press was discontinued in 1916, the type and matrices were destroyed by Cobden-Sanderson to prevent their misuse." (Huntington Library, Great Books in Great Editions) The distinctive red initial letters, executed by hand by Edward Johnston, are described by Ransom (Private Presses, p. 56) as "a pattern for all time of complexity reduced to the minimum of simplicity." Bound by Cobden-Sanderson at his Doves Bindery, as noted on the rear vellum turn-in on each volume. Bookplate of Henry Ladd Corbett on the front pastedown of each volume. Scattered foxing in the first and second volume as usual, occasional slight soiling to the bindings, but a terrific set indeed held in a very attractive slipcase.
Provenance: Henry Ladd Corbett (1881 - 1957) was an American businessman, civic leader, and politician from the state of Oregon.