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Thomas Cobden-Sanderson: The ideal book

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8456

Scope and Contents

'The ideal book or book beautiful: a tract on caligraphy, printing, and illustration', a copy by Edward Johnston commissioned by the author. On the flyleaf is the signaure of Cobden-Sanderson and the inscription 'To Greta Johnston. In memory of a friendship. A. C-S. July 1924'. There are sixteen lines of verse by Johnston at the end of the volume. The book is accompanied by a letter from Miss Bridget Johnston to Geoffrey Keynes, 11 January 1946, and another from 'John' to Keynes, 16 October 1972. There is also an extract from the sale catalogue of Christie's, New York, May 1989, relating to another copy of the tract, made by Johnston.


  • Creation: 1900


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1 volume(s) (1 volume)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.

Related Materials

Cambridge University Library holds doodles by Edward Johnston, MS.Add.8475.


The collection is no. 24 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 5.
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