Binding by Doves Bindery for T. J. Cobden-Sanderson's Ecce Mundus, Industrial Ideals and the Book Beautiful. This unpaginated (twenty leaf) book was bound at the Doves Bindery under the direction of Cobden-Sanderson and stamp-signed "The Doves Bindery 19 C-S 04" in gilt to rear dentelle. It is a classic example from this bindery, bound in rich dark green crushed morocco with austere double fillet gilt borders, ending at the corners with leaf and circle designs, raised bands with gilt-ruled rectangles in six compartments on spine, spine lettered in gilt. Superb four-tiered gilt fillet border and leaf design on front and rear dentelles, cream-colored endpapers, all edges gilt.

This binding may be the one referred to by Marianne Tidcombe (catalogue entry 582) in The Doves Bindery, which mentions two copies of pattern number 742, in which, "the covers are tooled with a small corner design of rose leaves."

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Cobden-Sanderson, T. J. Ecce Mundus, Industrial Ideals and the Book Beautiful. 1st ed. Hammersmith: Hammersmith Publishing Society, 1902.

Created 20 May 2021