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T. J. Cobden Sanderson

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Thomas James Cobden Sanderson (18401922) was a British artist and bookbinder associated with the Arts and Crafts movement.

Born in Alnwick, Northumberland, Cobden Sanderson attended many schools including the Royal Grammar School Worcester before entering Trinity, Cambridge to study law. He left without taking a degree, and entered Lincoln's Inn as a barrister.

As a friend of William Morris, Cobden Sanderson was involved with the Arts and Crafts ideoloy and during a dinner party with the Morrises he was persuaded by Janey (wife of William Morris) to take up book-binding. In 1884 he opened a workshop and in 1900 the Doves Press was founded by him along with Emery Walker in Hammersmith, London. They produced books for William Morris, including the famous Doves Bible in 1903.

A special font known as the Doves Type was used by the press, but in 1916 when the press closed Cobden Sanderson threw the font type into the Thames.

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