4 October 2013

No Machine Other Than the Human Hand

T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, The Journals of Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson, Vol. 2 (New York: Burt Franklin, 1969), p. 138:
It is my wish that the Doves Press type shall never be subjected to the use of a machine other than the human hand, in composition, or to a press pulled otherwise than by the hand and arm of man or woman; and this I will see to in my Will, though, if I forget, I desire that this which I have written shall operate in its place.
T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, Cosmic Vision (London: Richard Cobden-Sanderson, 1922), p. 126:

TO the bed of the RIVER THAMES, the River on whose banks I have printed all my printed books, I, THE DOVES PRESS, bequeath The Doves Press Fount of Type, the punches, matrices, and the type in use at The Doves Press at the time of my death. And may the River, in its tides and flow, pass over them to and from the great sea for ever and ever, or until its tides and flow for ever cease: then may they share the fates of all the worlds and pass from change to change for ever upon the Tides of Time, untouched of other use.

Page from the Doves Press edition of Hamlet (1909)
via Cardiff University Library special collections blog