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The craftsman
Vol. II, No. 1 (April 1902)

Preston, Emily
Cobden-Sanderson and the doves bindery,   pp. [21]-32 PDF (3.4 MB)


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    COBDEN-SANDERSON AND THE
               DOVES BINDERY
rHE temptation that usually assails one in writing of
      a man for whom he has certain well-defined en-
thusiasms is that of forcing his readers into a too con-
scious allowance for the personal equation. But as a
craft-worker speaking to fellow-craftsmen, I feel confident
that Cobden-Sanderson's is a name to conjure with, when
one is striving to create fervor for the best craft ideals. From
time to time, there rises up in the very heart of a move-
ment an individual who reduces its abstract principles to
their concrete form; realizing in his daily life those ideals
that exceed the grasp of most idealists, and winning to the
cause by his forceful example more adherents than all
the precepts of the wisest could gain for it.
                        When Cobden-Sanderson
changed his barrister's wig and gown for the beret and
blouse of the workman, he gave a very strong impetus to
the craft movement that Morris had set going and, at the
same time, definitely ranged himself on the side of labor
and social democracy: a position at variance with both
circumstance and training. But though his university
career had been one of more than average distinction, and
his social graces were such that he individualized his
place in the complex world of London society, yet it is as
master-craftsman that he wields an influence which has
strengthened and broadened all craft development.
                        When it was suggested to me
that a description of.Cobden-Sanderson andh-is work, by
one who had come into close touch with both, might be
a helpful inspiration to craftsmen, I wrote, asking his per-
mission to make such use of my experience. Mr. Sand-
erson's reply was such a characteristic one, and expressed
so concisely his idea of the true craftsman, that I count it


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