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Date: 1900

Designer:
T.J. Cobden Sanderson / Emery Walker / Edward Prince

Foundry:
Doves Press

Location:
London, England

Current equivalent:
Doves by Torbjörn Olsson

See also:
ATF / Ludlow Nicolas Jenson, Eusebius, Cloister Old Style (shown above), Golden Type, Montaigne Type

Technologies:
Metal (foundry)

Famous for:
A legendary late 19th century recut of Jenson's roman.

Applications: Prestige and Private Press

Ubiquity:
Very rarely used

Category:
Venetian Roman

Stress: Angled
Serifs: Oblique

Design history:
Although William Morris's Golden Type predated this design, it is thought that the Doves Type was more faithful to the design of the original Venetian type of the fifteenth century. Punches were cut by Edward Prince on the instructions of Walker and Cobden Sanderson in a single size and weight only, and used for printing the Doves Press edition of the Bible. This celebrated type was used privately for sixteen years and never released to the general trade. It was lost to history forever when Cobden Sanderson threw the entire font into the Thames river, provoking a bitter argument with his business partner, the master printer Emery Walker.

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picture: Olsson Fonts website