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Doves Press

Doves Press (dŭvs) [key], one of the leaders in the revival of the art and craft of making books that occurred in the late 19th and early 20th cent. It was founded at Hammersmith, London, in 1900 by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker, both of whom had been associated with William Morris in the work of the Kelmscott Press. The masterpiece of the Doves Press was the Doves Bible (5 vol., 1903). The Doves type, suggested by type used by Nicolas Jenson in the 15th cent., was designed by Emery Walker. The work of the press ended in 1916, when Cobden-Sanderson prevented further use of the type by throwing it into the Thames.

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