Catalogue Raisonné of Books Printed & Published at the Doves Press, 1900-1916. T. J. Cobden-Sanderson.
Catalogue Raisonné of Books Printed & Published at the Doves Press, 1900-1916.
Catalogue Raisonné of Books Printed & Published at the Doves Press, 1900-1916.
Catalogue Raisonné of Books Printed & Published at the Doves Press, 1900-1916.
Catalogue Raisonné of Books Printed & Published at the Doves Press, 1900-1916.
Catalogue Raisonné of Books Printed & Published at the Doves Press, 1900-1916.
Catalogue Raisonné of Books Printed & Published at the Doves Press, 1900-1916.
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Catalogue Raisonné of Books Printed & Published at the Doves Press, 1900-1916.

Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1916. Octavo. 96pp. One of 150 copies. This is Cobden-Sanderson's third, and final catalogue raisonné, which not only describes the entire printed oeuvre from the Doves Press, but also reprints all the minor pieces—known as Parerga—in their entirety. Those minor pieces include "Salve Aeternum Aeternumque Vale," which outlined Cobden-Sanderson's threefold purpose of the Press; and "Consercratio Quae Offertur," which served as his epitaph for the Press—this title, after all, contains his declaration that he planned to consign the Doves Type to the Thames. In addition, this is George Parker Winship's copy, with his ownership inscription on the upper corner of the final front free endpaper, and a page of pencil notations on rear endleaf outlining Doves titles by year. Winship, the longtime Librarian at the John Carter Brown and Widener Libraries, was the author of a study of William Caxton that was printed at Doves for the Club of Odd Volumes in 1909. More significantly, laid into this copy is an ALs from Cobden-Sanderson to Winship, dated 6 June, 1917. In this response to an earlier piece of correspondence from Winship, Cobden-Sanderson explains that his delay stemmed from "the Press being disrupted & a new house fashioned in its place." He then goes on to summarize post-Doves life, during which he and Annie took up residence at 15 Upper Mall in Hammersmith. Although he notes that "[t]he Press is now vanished," he explains that "[t]he Bindery now is still in existence, tho' reduced to one room" where he expected to be "engaged in finishing old commissions & binding unsold and reserved copies of the Press." One detects a slight elegiac tone in Cobden-Sanderson's closing, in which he predicts that, "[u]ltimately, [the Bindery] also will be closed & then there will be 'release' indeed!" Winship's invoice for this copy is also laid in. In publisher's vellum-backed boards. Spine evenly darkened with light spotting, small stain to fore-edge of first two endleaves and paste-down, corners lightly rubbed. Very good overall, and a excellent association copy, one that opens a window into the twilight of Cobden-Sanderson's career. Item #31408

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