ENGLISH BIBLE containing the Old Testament and the New translated out of the original tongues by Special Command of His Majesty King James the First and now reprinted with the text revised by a collation of its early and other principal editions and edite
[Doves Press], [The Holy Bible; Fine Press]
Price: 25,000.00 USD
(Hammersmith: The Doves Press, 1903-1905), FIRST EDITION OF THE GREATEST BOOK OF THE DOVES PRESS, HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND VERY SCARCE. Considered the major book of this Press, the opening page to Genesis is critically acclaimed as one of the finest pages printed, certainly of modern production. Roderick Cave, in his THE PRIVATE PRESSES, has said, "Johnston's masterly calligraphic initials...were a perfect example of how to marry calligraphy and typography, and [the pressman] J. H. Mason's setting was full of those almost invisible refinements that only another printer can recognize" (p. 122). Ransom described the distinctive red initials by Edward Johnston as "a pattern for all time of complexity reduced to the minimum of simplicity." THE HOLY BIBLE was an all-together perfect choice to be the masterwork of this press. To again quote Roderick Cave, "[T]he Doves Press was a religious activity; its discipline one of prayer rather than of chorus girl....Books could reduce God to a page of visible type, as sunlight on a still morning showed the river in His form; and that was the reason for making a book with immense care, and making it beautiful." Thus the greatest of all books became the most splendid offered in the press' wonderfully elegant format of clean, pure and understated simplicity. 5 volumes. Limited edition of 500 copies printed on fine white paper with characteristic Doves Press watermark. With fine calligraphic initial letters executed in hand in red ink by Edward Johnstone. Each volume with title and colophon. Large 4to, bound by the Doves Bindery in original limp vellum, the spines lettered and numbered in gilt. Housed in a two piece morocco edged blue slipcase. 394; 518; (2), 15-391; (2), 15-301; 307 pp. A beautiful and very fine set, a very few gatherings lightly spotted as is usual. The vellum bindings in very beautiful condition, the leaves crisp and bright and clean.