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Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi: Being the 26th and 27th Chapters of Saint Matthew's Gospel from the Latin Text
Waltham St. Lawrence: Golden Cockerel Press. 1926. Hardcover. Cream linen boards with gilt titles on spine, bookplate of the art historian Rainforth Armitage Walker who was an expert on both Eric Gill and also Aubrey Beardsley who designed the bookplate, internally clean and bright, illustrated with 6 wood-engravings by Eric Gill. Dust jacket a little darkened on spine and showing light edgewear/rubbing, one small (<1cm) closed tear to top edge of rear panel, jacket now in a protective sleeve. No.167 of an edition of 250 copies. The years between 1924 and 1933, when Robert Gibbings was proprietor, were in many ways the golden age of the Golden Cockerel Press. Under Gibbings the press would collaborate with the best wood engravers then working, such as Eric Ravilious, John Nash, Paul Nash, John Farleigh, Agnes Miller Parker, David Jones, and, of course, Eric Gill. At the time Gibbings was buying the Golden Cockerel Press Gill was moving into the rural isolation of Capel-y-ffin and a period of his life that would produce much of his best work as a sculptor, an engraver and a typographer. Gill would produce the engravings for some of the Golden Cockerel Press' most important works of the period; The Song of Songs (1925), Troilus and Criseyde (1927), The Canterbury Tales (1928), and The Four Gospels of 1931. No other wood-engraver of the period comes near to Gill's originality and verve, but the explicit eroticism of much of Gill's work shocked many of his former supporters and drew puzzled reproaches from the Dominicans with whom Gill had been associated since his conversion to catholicism in 1913. The engravings in this work are not on the scale of those in the Four Gospels but Gill's distinct style is clearly evident illustrating a latin text that Gill undoubtedly knew well., 4to 11" - 13" tall, [6] 15 [5] pp .
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