The English Bible Containing the Old Testament & the New Testament 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 edited by the late Rev. F.H. Scrivener M.A. LL.D. For the Syndics of the University Press Cambridge Vol.I [II,III,IV,V]. Complete set, large 4to, 34cm, 5 vols, 395p, 520p, 392p, 302p, 308p, Sold at The Doves Press, Hammersmith, 1902-1904.
One of 500 (plus 2 on vellum) sets done in 'Doves' face types (with some Greek type) on specially watermarked handmade paper. Printed in red and black with initial letters designed by Edward Johnston. Original full limp vellum bindings gilt-lettered THE ENGLISH BIBLE, inner pastedowns stamped THE DOVES BINDERY. Mild toning of the vellum, particularly to Volume 1. Spine of Volume 1 a bit darkened. First signature of Volume 1 with a lighter amount of foxing than usual. GENESIS leaf extremely clean. Some light foxing to top edges. A very good set indeed.
This particular edition of the Bible is considered the masterpiece of the Doves Press ... The type is a particularly crisp and faithful version of Jenson’s fifteenth-century roman. It was cut in only one size, which was used in all the issues of the Press. When the Press was discontinued in 1916, the type and matrices were destroyed by Cobden-Sanderson to prevent their misuse. (Huntington Library, Great Books in Great Editions.) The distinctive red initials, executed by Edward Johnston, are described by Ransom (Private Presses, p.56) as 'a pattern for all time of complexity reduced to the minimum of simplicity'. The Doves Bible is a high watermark of the English Arts and Crafts movement.