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05 Mar 2020 16:30 GMT

Doves Press:

KEATS

Edition: First edition

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SELECTED, ARRANGED AND PRINTED at the Doves Press, 15 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson. Published and Sold and the Doves Press.

203 pages, full limp vellum titled gilt on the spine, with the stamp of the Doves Bindery on the inside back cover, 1 of 200 copies on paper (12 copies on vellum), some dust soiling and light foxing on the top edge and light foxing on the uncut fore-edge, contents bright, overall a very good copy.

Franklin (Colin) The Private Presses, Second Edition, Scolar Press, 1991, pages 105 and 275,  'It is a kind of paradox that the Doves Press, simplest and purest of them all in style, was the creation of more passion and complexity of thought than the rest of them put together. Doves Press books have to be seen from more than one level, and the fascination grows up acquaintance. Their common reputation, simplicity and type face, comes first. "The Doves Press deserves mentioning for their insistence on plain printing." Mr Steinberg writes. The deduction is often made that these were the books which influence our own. Morris and decoration and Gothic, it is said, showed great panache in a street marked clearly "No Thoroughfare." Walker and Cobden-Sanderson stated on the broad way to our own taste.'

300 copies on paper £1 5s, 25 copies on vellum £3 10s. Bound in Michalet boards with linen spine or in vellum.

  • Size: 4to (245 x 170 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: africana@clarkes.co.za
  • Telephone: 021 794 0600
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  • Trade Associations: ABA - ILAB, SABDA


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