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Finding aid to T.J. Cobden-Sanderson papers, 1874-1984 (bulk 1884-1922)
BANC MSS 2011/260  
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Description
Contains correspondence, writings, lectures, photographs, illustrations, etc., of T.J. Cobden-Sanderson, including family papers related to his wife Anne Cobden-Sanderson and his children Richard and Stella Cobden-Sanderson. Also includes ephemera relating to the Doves Press and Doves Bindery, an archive of correspondence between Cobden-Sanderson and Harold Peirce, and book collector Norman H. Strouse's research files and correspondence.
Background
Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson (2 December 1840-7 September 1922) was an English artist, printer, and bookbinder associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. He was born Thomas James Sanderson, but when he married Julia Sarah Anne Cobden (1853-1926) in 1882, they both took the surname Cobden-Sanderson. They had two children, Richard (1884-1964) and Stella (1886-1979). In 1884, at the encouragement of William and Jane Morris, Cobden-Sanderson took up bookbinding. In 1900, he went into partnership with Emery Walker and founded the Doves Press in Hammersmith, London. The press produced all of its books, using a single size of type, between 1900 and 1916. The type, known as "The Doves Type," was based on types used by Nicolas Jenson from the 1470s. The type, punches, and matrices were destroyed by Cobden-Sanderson when he took them to Hammersmith Bridge and threw them into the Thames.
Extent
13 boxes, 20 volumes, 1 oversize volume, 2 oversize folders, 2 microfilm reels circa 6 linear feet