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(DOVES PRESS.) WORDSWORTH, William.

The Prelude,

An autobiographical poem.

Hammersmith, The Doves Press, 1915 Stock Code: 139556
£2,000.00

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First Doves Press edition, a remarkably attractive example of one of 155 copies printed on handmade paper. 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. Wordsworth begun his autobiographical masterpiece in the winter of 1798. It was first published, posthumously, by his widow and executors in 1850.
This copy has the small bookplate of Theodore M. Lilienthal (18931972), renowned book collector and co-owner of the Gelber-Lilienthal Book Shop in San Francisco, to the front pastedown.

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Description

Octavo. Original limp vellum, titles in gilt to spine, the Doves Bindery stamp to rear pastedown. Housed in a custom grey cloth slipcase.

Illustrations

Text printed in red and black.

Condition

Natural toning to vellum as often, front cover just starting to bow, text crisp, contents bright; a beautiful, near-fine, copy.

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