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(DOVES PRESS.) BROWNING, Robert.

Dramatis Personae.

Hammersmith, The Doves Press, 1910 [January 1911] Stock Code: 139554
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First Doves Press edition, one of 250 copies on handmade paper, a further 15 copies were issued on vellum. The Doves Press was run by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson alongside his wife Anne. Cobden-Sanderson left his career as a lawyer in 1884 in order to open the Doves Bindery, establishing the Doves Press in 1900. He was interested in all aspects of book design, writing in his diary in 1898 that "I must, before I die, create the type for today of 'The Book Beautiful', and actualize it - paper, ink, writing, printing, ornament and binding". Though an admirer of William Morris, he felt that the Gothic Kelmscott designs were excessive. Instead, he worked with the printer Emery Walker to develop a clear, refined, type based on those of 15th-century Italian masters Nicholas Jenson and Jacobus Rubeus. Browning's Dramatis Personae was first published in 1864.

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Description

Octavo. Original limp vellum, titles in gilt to spine, the Doves Bindery stamp to rear pastedown.

Illustrations

Text printed in red and black.

Condition

Small gift inscription "To Meryl from Bart 1966" in ink to front pastedown. Front cover starting to bow as often, small red mark to foot of front cover touch of foxing to edges; a bright, near-fine copy.

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