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[DOVES PRESS]; MILTON, John.

Paradise Lost [and] Paradise Regain'd,

Stock Code
104538
[London] Hammersmith, The Doves Press, 1902
£6,500

A handsome pair; a high-spot among Doves Press productions, the beautifully cut typography and the spaciousness of the layouts of which were unquestionably an inspiration for the private press revival of the 20th century.

After establishing the Doves Bindery in 1893, Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson partnered with Emery Walker to found the Doves Press in 1901. Alongside the Kelmscott, Ashendene and Vale presses it is considered one of the cornerstones of the Golden Age of Private Press, drawing heavily on the spirit of the Arts & Crafts Movement that flowered at the turn of the century. The two partners, along with Sydney Cockerell, created type based on Nicolas Jenson's Roman type (1470s), named the 'Doves Type.' Unfortunately the relationship between the two partners deteriorated, resulting in said type being famously dumped in the Thames, where it languished until 2014, when it was rescued and subsequently digitalised.

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Description

Two vols, each one of 300 copies on paper; small 4to; printed in red & black, near-fine; original limp vellum by the Doves Bindery, spines titled in gilt, uncut, mild spotting to fore-edgs , vellum toed (as usual), otheriwise a very good set of this rare publication..

Bibliography

Tidcombe DP5 & DP7.

Stock ID:104538

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