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    The Doves Press Bible

    [Doves Press]. [Bible in English]. 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 and now reprinted with the text revised by a collation of its early and other principal editions and edited by the Late Rev. F.H. Scrivener M.A. LL.D. for the Syndics of the University Press Cambridge. Hammersmith: The Doves Press, 1903-1905. One of 500 copies printed on handmade paper by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker. Five folio volumes (13 3/16 x 9 3/16 inches; 335 x 234 mm.). Printed in red and black, with initial letters designed by Edward Johnston. Original full limp vellum by The Doves Bindery. Spines lettered in gilt. Mild natural toning of the vellum, with a couple minor ripples at the corners. Some volumes with light foxing to a few gatherings, as usual, a little heavier in the first few leaves of gathering "a" in volume I. "Genesis" leaf very clean. An excellent copy. This example with the original Doves Press receipt and prospectus clipped to the front free endpaper and first preliminary leaf of Volume I. "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 initials, 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." 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.

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