2pp., on 5 x 8 single leaf Doves Press Stationary (No. 1 The Terrace Hammersmith W.). Written in 1906 by Cobden-Sanderson, premier bookbinder and founder of the Doves Press to Charles Williston McAlpin, 1865-1942, who became a prominent customer of the firm, after the receipt of this letter. McAlpin, son of the New York tobacco industrialist David Hunter McAlpin, 1816-1901, and a friend of president Woodrow Wilson, had graduated at Princeton and was Secretary of the Princeton Univ. between 1901-1914. Interestingly, the letter concerns Florence Foote, noted bookbinder who was a friend and pupil of the renowned Evelyn Nordhoff. Foote was also trained at the Doves Bindery under Cobden-Sanderson in 1899, before she became head of the Evelyn Nordhoff Bindery in 1902. ì14 Feb. 1906. My dear Sir, I am in receipt of your letter on the 1st Feb. and have no doubt that this writing to which you refer is mine, tho' not recognized as such by Miss Foote. I remember being asked to write an inscription and I remember that I tried to write legibly, and this may explain how it came not to be recognized by Miss Foote! It is very kind of you to ask & I do appreciate the work of the Fare Pic?? [unclear] with which I am much obliged & with many thanks am very truly yours T. J. Cobden Sanderson. C.W. McAlpin Esq. Princeton, New Jersey." It is funny to us, at least, that this letter took a full hour to decipher. Cobden-Sanderson has the worst handwriting, and quite ironic considering the nature of the question at hand. His letters are quite scarce, and this a nice association drawing together craftsman and collector.
Price: $2,250.00 Item #5077