(Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1907). 235 x 171 mm. (9 1/4 x 6 3/4"). xiii, [i], 120 pp.,  leaf (colophon). ONE OF 300 COPIES on paper (and 12 on vellum).
Original gilt-titled flexible vellum, bound at the Doves Bindery (stamp-signed in ink on rear turn-in). Housed in a marbled paper slipcase with blue morocco lip. Greek type used for occasional words in text and for two lines in Appendix. Tidcombe DP-11; Tomkinson, p. 55. Vellum and text block just slightly wavy, free endpapers with just a couple small stains from binder's glue, other trivial imperfections, but a fine copy, clean, fresh, and bright internally, in an unworn binding that still opens stiffly.
This volume represents the elegant simplicity that characterizes all of the work undertaken by the visionary and fanatical T. J. Cobden-Sanderson at his Doves Press. In contrast to William Morris' proclivity toward the Baroque, Cobden-Sanderson (1840-1922) demonstrated that unadorned printing with plain type well set and with good margins could produce notable work. He was inspired by the example of the Kelmscott Press, but he went his own way, producing chaste and meticulous books that inspire in their simplicity. The essays included here advocate for four major reforms to the economic system of Britain: universal access to education, government-run industries working in competition with private companies, governmental unemployment help, and pensions for the aged and disabled. When these essays first appeared in "Cornhill Magazine," they aroused violent criticism, but Ruskin says with defiance here that he wants them reprinted, without apology, as a kind of introduction to further writings on the subject. The elegant Dove's type designed by Emery Walker renders even these serious essays on the "dismal science" a pleasure to read. (ST16321)
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