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Gill, Eric--Golden Cockerel Press--Bible
THE FOUR GOSPELS OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. WALTHAM ST. LAWRENCE: GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS, 1931
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 GBP
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Gill, Eric--Golden Cockerel Press--Bible
THE FOUR GOSPELS OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. WALTHAM ST. LAWRENCE: GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS, 1931
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 GBP
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Gill, Eric--Golden Cockerel Press--Bible
THE FOUR GOSPELS OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. WALTHAM ST. LAWRENCE: GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS, 1931
folio (332 x 230mm.), NUMBER 9 OF 500 COPIES OF WHICH THIS IS ONE OF 12 COPIES PRINTED ON VELLUM, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY ERIC GILL TO LEONARD WOOLF AND BABETTE N. CLAYBURGH ("[Eric Gill monogram] | To Leonard Woolf | and | Babette N. Clayburgh") on colophon, 62 wood-engraved sub-titles, pictorial headlines and initials by Eric Gill, original white pigskin with Gill design in gilt on upper cover and title in gilt on spine, raised bands on spine, bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with two metal clasps, gilt edges, collector's folding box enclosed within collector's chemise and blue morocco-backed slipcase, very minor soiling to binding
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Literature

Gill 285; Chanticleer 78

Catalogue Note

AN EXCEPTIONAL COPY AND THE ONLY KNOWN COPY ON VELLUM TO CARRY AN INSCRIPTION BY THE ILLUSTRATOR.

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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