As noted in the bibliography of the Golden Cockerel Press, "...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".
Gill and Woolf had developed a close friendship around the early 1930s and collaborated on a number of different projects. For the 1931 Hogarth Press edition of Vita Sackville-West's translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's Duineser Elegien, for example, the Woolfs approached Gill to design and cut the initials. Gill would refer to Leonard and Virginia as "the Wolves" (see MacCarthy, Eric Gill (1990), p.115).
The California socialite Babette Clayburgh (1889-1941) and her husband Herbert Eugene Clayburgh (1878-1972), a San Francisco silk magnate, were prominent book collectors. They joined the Book Club of San Francisco in 1920.
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