|The Doves Press type recovered from the River Thames |
(photograph by Sam Armstrong, via Typespec)
Since its founding in 1900, the Doves Press adhered to a simple, elegant type that was commissioned in1899 from celebrated punchcutter Edward Prince. But when the partnership of Emery Walker and T. J. Cobden-Sanderson collapsed bitterly in 1909 Cobden-Sanderson made about 170 secret trips during which he dumped 2600 pounds of their collaborative brand’s type in the River Thames. He wrote: “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.”
|Detail of the the Doves Press type sifted from the Thames, with a stray bullet (via Typespec)|
However, nearly a century later 150 pieces of the lost Doves Press type were recovered by divers late last year.