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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 . for the Syndics of the University Press Cambridge.
Doves Press London 1903 - Five volumes folio. Edition limited to 503 copies of which this is one of 500 on paper, printed in red and black, a very few gatherings spotted as often, original limp vellum, uncut, well preseved in two blue morocco-edged slipcases. A fine set of this landmark of the private press movement. Around 1900, the Jenson Roman types served as inspirations for the founders of the Doves Press, bookbinder T. J. Cobden-Sanderson and engraver Emery Walker, who had both been closely associated with the Kelmscott Press of William Morris. While Morris' notion of the book as a handmade, organic totality lay behind the Doves Press' enterprise, the Doves rejected Morris' ornate style in favor of an uncompromisingly austere modernism. In the Doves Press Bible, published in five volumes between 1903 and 1905, we see foreshadowed the eventual triumph of minimalism in later twentieth-century book design. There is, however, one very striking exception to the austerity: the coup de théâtre of the initial "I" in red used for the opening of Genesis: "In the Beginning." This initial, which runs down the entire margin of the page, was designed and executed by calligrapher Edward Johnston and forms an iconic start to a masterpiece of printing and design. Ransom Doves 6.
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