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“In the beginning” The first page of the Doves Bible

The Doves Press of London, England, founded by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson produced some beautiful books using a beautiful typeface, commonly called the Doves Type.

Around 1900 Emery Walker joined the press as a partner. Over the next decade, there was a falling out between the two partners. A dispute developed in the ownership of the type. Cobden-Sanderson wanted to keep the typeface away from commercial use.

On August 31, 2016, Cobden-Sanderson decided to take matters into his own hands and over a period of over 4 months and 170 trips, dumped 2600 pounds type off the Hammersmith Bridge and into the Thames River.

In 2013 designer Robert Green produced a polished digital version of the Doves Type. Aroused by the idea that the type might be still sitting on the muddy bottom of the river he undertook a search, eventually coming up with 150 pieces of the type. Doves Press type : metal & digital — Lead Graffiti

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  • Jewel Atkins September 5, 2021, 10:23 AM

    As I’m reading this, I am listening to Dvorak’s Symphony from the New World. The best soundtrack for Genesis Chapter One. Scientism, atheism and all the replacements for God have no Bible. No Book. No hymns. They have tracts, pamphlets, manifestos, brightly colored ribbons. The Narrative. They had to build on what came from before them. They have to burn everything down because they don’t create anything. They are nothing but parasites.

    And this is their Credo:

    Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
    To the last syllable of recorded time,
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    MacBeth Act 5, Scene 5

  • EX-Californian Pete September 5, 2021, 10:34 AM

    And then Satan created the Liberals, Atheists, and Agnostics, in an attempt to ruin it all for everyone.

  • Clayton in Mississippi September 5, 2021, 1:07 PM

    Date typo.
    “… Around 1900 Emery Walker joined the press as a partner” [with founder T.J. Cobden-Sanderson]
    “…On August 31, 2016, Cobden-Sanderson decided …”
    [BUT three years before that …]
    “In 2013 designer Robert Green…”

  • Univ of Saigon 68 September 5, 2021, 1:12 PM

    One of the irritants of reading on a computer is having to put up with the san serif fonts, where the ‘r n’ letter combination runs together and looks like am ‘m,’ and you can’t tell the difference between a ‘one,’ a lower case ‘l,’ or an upper case ‘i.’ On my spreadsheets, I use the Consolas monospaced font, with clear differences for the above, an – I love this one – a zero with a diagonal line thru it.

    • bob sykes September 5, 2021, 6:17 PM

      The zero with a slash is FORTRAN.

      • hooodathunkit September 5, 2021, 6:51 PM

        The zero with a slash through it is a zero; a null or placeholder in math. Older typefaces also used slashes, a diamond, one used a dot in the oval. In turn they all go back to the unholy mergers of handwritten Carolingian, blackletter Schrift, some Italic and echoes of Uncial; all of which saw numbers as completely different than letters and made sure they weren’t confused with each other. In turn, the printing press and its type followed that. It wasn’t until the Arts and Crafts that ‘experiments’ in typesetting became common.

  • Mike Seyle September 5, 2021, 4:42 PM

    I kneel to Univ of Saigon 68. Recently, I edited a job that had three capital “i”s or “L”s san serif. It was a CEO’s name. I Googled it to see what the heck. And the “0” with a line through it is priceless. I always check for “public” with the “l” missing. It happens once a year.

    • Univ of Saigon 68 September 5, 2021, 7:09 PM

      I read an internet factoid (something somebody said someplace sometime on some site) to the effect that former FBI Director James Comey used to type his name as C-o-r-n-y, and then messed with the kerning (the spacing between letters) so that the ‘r’ & ‘n’ looked like an ‘m.’ That way his name wouldn’t show up on a document word search.

      • Univ of Saigon 68 September 6, 2021, 7:54 AM

        Missed the ‘e’ in the above C-o-r-n-e-y.

  • Fletcher Christian September 6, 2021, 1:00 AM

    Beautifully presented drivel is still drivel.

    • John Venlet September 6, 2021, 6:12 AM

      Well, Fletcher, I hope you had your bib on so you didn’t get any drivel you, then.

    • EX-Californian Pete September 6, 2021, 8:57 AM

      Poor Fletcher. Satan made you type that, didn’t he?

  • jwm September 6, 2021, 6:45 AM

    John Venlet beat me to it. But thanks, Fletch. The one thing this morning lacked was a dollop of dreary atheist cynicism.


    • gwbnyc September 6, 2021, 8:34 PM

      -my apologies for sleeping in.