The Kelmscott and Doves Presses. Presented with Leaves from the Kelmscott Golden Legend and the Doves English Bible.
[ Heavenly Monkey Press ]. Pollard, Alfred W.

[ Vancouver:] Heavenly Monkey Press, 2019. One of twenty deluxe “written” copies bound by Claudia Cohen and with the calligraphy handwritten by Martin Jackson (as opposed to reproduced with red polymer plates, as it was in the “printed” edition), featuring a gilded “flouri With two original leaves tipped-in. Red calligraphy by Martin Jackson, which appears on the title-page, the essay’s opening, A fine copy in a fine Japanese cloth-covered clamshell case with ephemera from the press announcing new projects and featuring calligraphy by Martin laid in. Quarter vellum over handmade paste paper boards, tooled in gilt, gilt-lettered spine. Japanese echizen metallic silver endpapers, red leather hinges. Folio. (Item ID: 16073)


Pollard’s introduction to the catalogue of William Andrews Clark Jr.’s Kelmscott and Doves collections [was] originally printed in 1921 by John Henry Nash and issued in an edition of 150 copies. HM’s edition [is] enhanced by the inclusion of leaves from the Kelmscott Press’s ‘The Golden Legend’ (1892) and the Doves Press’s English Bible (vol. 1, 1902

Pollard’s essays provides an overview of each press’s aims, with particular emphasis on typography and aesthetics, and specific references to ‘The Golden Legend’ and the Bible. Having pages from those books will provide readers the opportunity to consider Pollard’s comments on type design and page layout while examining actual samples of the work. Pollard also discusses the Doves Press’s use of calligraphy in its books, and this was the spark for the idea of recruiting Martin for the project” (Heavenly Monkey Press).

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