(Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1911). 165 x 120 mm. (6 5/8 x 4 5/8"). 6 unnumbered leaves (the last blank), with 24 blank leaves added at the end by the binder. ONE OF 200 COPIES ON PAPER (and 12 on vellum).
Pleasing contemporary crimson crushed morocco for Henry Sotheran Ltd. (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers with gilt fillet border, front cover with gilt title at head and "Doves Press 1910" at foot, raised bands, turn-ins ruled in gilt, with oblique fleurons at corners, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, other edges untrimmed. Printed in black and red. Tidcombe DP-26; Tomkinson, p. 57. In pristine condition.
This special printing of the opening chapter of Genesis ("In the beginning") taken from the King James version of 1611 was issued by the Doves Press on the 300th anniversary of that most influential English translation of the Bible. On the verso of the title page and on the recto of the colophon leaf is the opening line of the Gospel of John, also beginning "In principio" ("In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God"). Tidcombe notes that Cobden-Sanderson associated the verse from John with the Creation as described in Genesis ("In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth"), and so decided to include it here. The restrained binding done for legendary London bookseller Henry Sotheran is similar to the simple elegance of the Doves Bindery's work, and is very well suited to the typographic display of the text here. (ST17044b)
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