- New Castle, DE: The British Library & Oak Knoll Press, 2002.
- small 4to.
- cloth, dust jacket
- 272 pages
- ISBN: 1584560843
- ISBN: 9781584560845
Price: $400.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 72642
First edition. Fine in near fine jacket. This highly-researched work is the most authoritative account of the first and most famous private press of the 20th century - The Doves Press. Starting its operation in the wake of William Morris, the Doves Press became a major influence in the development of modern book design. Marianne Tidcombe reveals the intriguing story of the cutting of the famous Doves Type, the printing of Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and The English Bible. Also included is the saga of Cobden-Sanderson's short and stormy partnership with Emery Walker. Recounted in detail, this blusterous relationship ultimately lead to a final episode where Cobden-Sanderson throws the Doves type into the River Thames to prevent it from falling into Walker's hands after his death. A detailed, descriptive bibliography of all the books and papers printed at the Doves Press along with a list of all ephemeral items is provided. Richly illustrated with 18 color and 124 black-and-white illustrations.
Marianne Tidcombe has spent over thirty years researching the Doves Press. She is also the author of Women Bookbinders 1880-1920 (Oak Knoll Press 1996).