Edward Prince

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A printing of the Bible from the Doves Press. The body text type is the "Doves Type", cut into metal by Prince.
Prince's Golden Type, cut for William Morris, among other typefaces used by the Kelmscott Press.

Edward Philip Prince (1846-1923) was a British engraver and punchcutter, a cutter of the punches used to stamp the matrices used to stamp metal type.[1][2][3][4][5]

Working during the period of the Arts and Crafts movement, after William Morris's Kelmscott Press commissioned him to cut a typeface known as the Golden Type to Morris's design he became known for cutting private typefaces for fine book printing presses.[6] Another client was the Doves Press, whose Doves Type he cut; it was famously thrown into the Thames following a business disagreement.[7][8] A somewhat retiring figure, only two photographs of him are known to exist.[9]


  1. ^ Avis, F.C. (1968). Edward Philip Prince: Type Punchcutter. Glenview Press.
  2. ^ Neil Macmillan (2006). An A-Z of Type Designers. Yale University Press. p. 138. ISBN 0-300-11151-7.
  3. ^ William S. Peterson (1991). The Kelmscott Press: A History of William Morris's Typographical Adventure. University of California Press. pp. 39, 81–95, 194–305. ISBN 978-0-520-06138-5.
  4. ^ Dreyfus, John (1974). "New Light on the Design of Types for the Kelmscott and Doves Presses". The Library. s5-XXIX (1): 36–41. doi:10.1093/library/s5-XXIX.1.36.
  5. ^ David McKitterick (29 July 2004). A History of Cambridge University Press: Volume 3, New Worlds for Learning, 1873-1972. Cambridge University Press. pp. 209–10. ISBN 978-0-521-30803-8.
  6. ^ "Private Press Types". Elston Press. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  7. ^ Gills, Michael. "Edward Philip Prince, Type Punchcutter". ULGA. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  8. ^ Green, Robert. "A Brief History Of The Doves Press Type". TypeSpec. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  9. ^ Tuohy, Stephen (1990). "A New Photograph of Edward Prince, Typefounders' Punchcutter". Matrix. 10: 135–142.