The English Bible. Containing the Old Testament & the New Translated out of the Original Tongues by Special Command of His Majesty King James the First …., 5 vols.
Hammersmith [London]: Doves Press,
The Doves Bible is unquestionably the greatest production of what many people believe was the greatest of the English private presses. The result of an emotional and complex partnership between T. J. Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker, the Doves Press was famous for its classic, pure and almost serene typography, based on a proprietary typeface that Cobden-Sanderson eventually and famously threw into the River Thames. The first page of the Book of Genesis, with its extraordinary red initial, may well be the most famous book opening of all time. This highlight of my collection of books on books was a birthday gift from my mother.
David S. Rose