The Four Gospels.

Printed: 2018

Publisher: The Folio Society. London

Dimensions 24 × 31 × 4 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 24 x 31 x 4


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In a fitted box. Red cloth binding with gilt title and gilt fairy on the front board.

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A rare & very fine facsimile edition lovingly produced by Folio

The original is a particularly striking example of the work of the Private Press Movement, which William Morris brought to prominence at the Kelmscott Press in the 1890s with the aim of raising the standard of printing and book production to the high levels achieved during the incunabula period (1450-1500). The Golden Cockerel Press was set up in 1920 by Harold Midgeley Taylor, and aspiring authors were initially encouraged to set the type of, and to print, their own books. After Taylor’s death in 1925, the press was taken over by Robert and Moira Gibbings, whose period of control over the press was the high point in its history. It was during their management of the press that Eric Gill became involved in its artistic life.

Gill had a conventional artist’s training at Chichester Technical and Art School, working afterwards in the ecclesiastical architectural office of William Caröe, and developing his lifelong interest in lettering and its design under the calligrapher Edward Johnston. For the Four Gospels Gill designed both the typeface and the wood-engraved initials and worked closely with Gibbings to decide the precise layout of the pages and the emphasis of the illustrations. It was intended that the text (using the Authorized King James version) should predominate, despite Gill’s striking designs; the letterpress was therefore set up and printed before the woodblocks were cut, so that Gill could use the proofs to size his blocks. They were cut from hardwood, enabling great precision of line and finesse of detail; at the same time Gill was able to interweave the letters and illustrations to a remarkable degree.

With 269 pages, and originally printed in Waltham St Lawrence by Golden Cockerel Press

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