The Four Gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ. According to the Authorized Version of the King James I, with Decorations by Eric Gill
1931·(Waltham St. Lawrence)
by St. Matthew, et. al
(Waltham St. Lawrence): Golden Cockerel Press, 1931. Gill, Eric. Quarto. 269pp. One of 500 copies. Printed in Golden Cockerel type on Batchelor hand-made paper. With sixty-five illustrations from wood engravings by Eric Gill. This work stands as the crowning achievement of the Golden Cockerel Press, as well as Gill's finest work as a book artist. "In early illumination, one finds no frontier between decoration and illustration. The work of the artist surrounded the text, explained and ornamented it - sometimes in historiated initials; and as calligraphy is itself a kind of illustration to explain meaning, text and picture formed one thing ... That is the balance that [Eric Gill] achieved [in The Four Gospels], greater than the even weight of engraving and type." (Colin Franklin, The Private Presses, p. 142). Bound in half white pigskin and buckram-covered boards by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. A magnificent copy, housed in the original slipcase. T.e.g. (Artist and the Book 122; Manet to Hockney 89; Gill 285, Chanticleer 78).
(Inventory #: 27226)
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