Hammersmith, London: Doves Press, 1903. Two bifolia from the Doves Bible, printed on Vellum, from volume II, a fine text that concludes with the colophon leaf on which are the names of the printers T. J. Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker. Initial capitals in red. Comprising 2 conjugate leaves, first leaf signed 2k. Six pages text, plus colophon, paged 513-518, [6, colophon (verso blank)]. Folio. Some rippling and soiling as usual. Provenance: sold by Philip C. Duschnes, 806 Lexington Ave., preserved in his folder. Item #404283
LEAVES ON VELLUM ARE VERY SCARCE: only two complete sets of the Doves Bible were printed on vellum (plus a "retree" (imperfectly prepared vellum) copy comprised of rejected sheets, according to Tomkinson). One bifolium on vellum has appeared at auction in the past thirty years, and we are aware of one other selling privately through the trade. Neither contained the colophon – and therefore did not feature the names of the celebrated printers T. J. Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker – and were from less textually-rewarding books of the Bible.
An excellent specimen from the rarest state of a twentieth century landmark of fine printing, with the colophon for the second volume, thus including the names of the printers.
References: Ransom 6; Tomkinson 6.