Cobden-Sanderson and the Doves Press

John Henry Nash Book
Cobden-Sanderson and the Doves Press: The history of the press and the story of its types told by Alfred W. Pollard; the character of the man set forth by his faithful scribe Edward Johnston; with the ideal book or book beautiful by Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson and a list of the Doves Press printings.
Alfred W. Pollard
John Henry Nash
Place of Printing:
San Francisco, CA
Date of Printing:
12.5 x 8.5 inches
McCune Location:
Sh. 12 Nash #14

Author and Commentators

John Henry Nash (1871-1947). Born in Canada, he moved to San Francisco to become one of the city’s most noted printers. He later became Professor of Typography at the University of Oregon.

Alfred William Pollard (1859-1944). English bibliographer.

Edward Johnston (1872-1944). British calligrapher, type-designer and author. He designed type for the Doves Press.

Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson (1840-1922). British publisher and bookbinder.

The Book

#330 of 339. Limp vellum cover. Approximately 35 pages plus xviii. Includes a tipped-in original leaf of the Doves Press printing of Faust II.


  • A Note by the Printer. John Henry Nash.
  • The Ideal Book or Book Beautiful. A Tract on Calligraphy, Printing and Illustration and on the Book Beautiful as a Whole by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson.
  • The Doves Press by Alfred W. Pollard.
  • On a Master Craftsman by a Scribe Who Worked for Him by Edward Johnston.
  • A List of the Doves Press Printings.
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