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Doves Bindery

Place  From 1893  To 1917

Categories: Commerce, Literature

The Doves Press in Hammersmith was founded in 1900 by Thomas Cobden-Sanderson in partnership with Emery Walker and was named after the nearby pub.  Sanderson had already set up The Doves Bindery in 1893 and it bound all the books that Doves printed as well as many of the Kelmscott books.  The enterprise was an examplar of the Arts and Crafts movement.  They used their own type, The Doves Type, based on types from the middle ages.  Emery and Sanderson fell out and the partnership was dissolved in 1908.  Regarding the typeface they agreed that Sanderson could continue to use it and that eventual ownership would rest with whoever outlived the other.  Sanderson (the older man) was not happy with this and by 1917 he had thrown all of the type into the Thames from Hammersmith Bridge (piece by piece, at night), all but one piece which is preserved in the Emery Walker Library, housed at the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum.  Sanderson had already ceased printing during the war but the destruction of the type saw the end of the Press.  He moved into the building and died there a few years later.

2015 - amazing, someone has retrieved the type from the river!

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Doves Bindery and Press

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Thomas Cobden-Sanderson

Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson, 1840-1922, founded the Doves Bindery and Doves...

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