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Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson (2 December 18407 September 1922) was an Englishmarker artist and bookbinder associated with the Arts and Crafts movement.

He was born in Alnwickmarker, Northumberlandmarker, as Thomas James Sanderson. Sanderson attended many schools including the Royal Grammar School Worcestermarker before entering Owen's College (Manchester Universitymarker) and then Trinitymarker, Cambridgemarker to study law. He left without taking a degree, and entered Lincoln's Innmarker as a barrister.

As a friend of William Morris, Sanderson was involved with the Arts and Crafts ideology and during a dinner party with the Morrises he was persuaded by Morris's wife Jane Burden 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 Hammersmithmarker, Londonmarker. 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 when the press closed in 1916 Cobden Sanderson threw the font type into the Thames.

He married (Julia Sarah) Anne Cobden (1853-1926), a daughter of Richard Cobden, and added her surname to his, becoming Thomas Cobden-Sanderson.


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