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    Cobden-Sanderson on the "Book Beautiful"

    [The Doves Press]. T. J. Cobden-Sanderson. The Ideal Book: or, Book Beautiful. A Tract on Calligraphy Printing and Illustration & on the Book Beautiful as a Whole. Hammersmith: The Doves Press, 1900.

    First edition, one of 300 copies printed on paper in red and black by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson & Emery Walker at the Doves Press. Small quarto. 10 pages.

    Full limp vellum by the Doves Bindery with gilt spine titles (stamp-signed at the bottom of the rear pastedown). Minor wear and dust-soiling to the binding. A few small abraded spots on the boards. Wrinkling to the vellum and text, common for this title. A near fine copy.

    A fascinating 1901 letter is laid into this volume from Dodd, Mead & Company to Cobden-Sanderson's friend Martha P. Laughlin who inquires about additional copies of some of Cobden-Sanderson's previously-published Doves Press titles and some yet-to-be-published. The publisher replies that most of the back list is out of print and these books are "actually worth more than the price at which we have charged..."

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