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GILL, Eric.

The Four Gospels of Lord Jesus Christ according to the Authorized Version of King James I.

Waltham St Lawrence: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1931 Stock Code: 133103
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"One of the great private press books of the century"

Limited edition, number 454 of 500 copies on paper; 12 copies were also issued on vellum. "Conceived in the fruitful mind of Robert Gibbings, this is the Golden Cockerel book usually compared with the Doves Bible and the Kelmscott Chaucer. A flower among the best products of English romantic genius, it is also surely, thanks to its illustrator, Eric Gill, the book among all books in which Roman type has been best mated with any kind of illustration" (E. R. Gill, Eric Gill, 285). This is "arguably Gill's greatest achievement and one of the great private press books of the century" (Hunter & Kelly).

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Folio. Original white half pigskin by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, expertly rebacked to style, gilt lettered and banded spine, gilt cockerel device in 5th compartment, brown buckram sides, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Housed in a custom brown cloth slipcase with white pigskin entrance, to style.


Printed in 18-point Golden Cockerel type, 65 wood-engraved illustrations by Eric Gill, 4 of which are full-page.


Very light soiling to cloth and tips, contents clean and bright. A near-fine copy, with the spine, prone to soiling and fading in the original, here rebacked with great skill.


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