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# Gill, Eric--St Dominic's Press, Ditchling--Pepler, H.D.C.

A COLLECTION OF MATERIAL FROM THE COLLECTION OF H.D.C. PEPLER, COMPRISING:

Original artwork:
Gill, E. Four original ink and gouache nativity scenes, each 50 by 50mm. with caption below in red ink, on single sheet laid down to card with inscription 'E.G. to D.P. | in die S. Hilarii | 1918' on reverse, frayed and creased at extremities with some loss--Gill, E. Portrait of David Pepler dated 1934, lithograph, 320 by 180mm., some browning and spotting--Jones, David. Portrait of a child, pencil and watercolour, 103 by 85mm., titled 'Janet 1922', signed and dated with initials 'DMJ1922' in lower right corner, abrasions to surface, creased at middle--Chute, [D.] Woman in brown shawl, ink, pastel and watercolour, 255 by 110mm., signed and dated 'Chute '15' in lower left corner, laid down to card, adhesive on borders, some browning

Proofs of Eric Gill engravings:
Nine leaves, of which four are laid-down to envelopes, showing thirteen engravings thought to be by Eric Gill including Skelton P18, P58, P62, P64, P65, P84, P113, P237, P238, P242, P246 and two apparently unidentified

Manuscripts:
Pepler, H.D.C. Collection of typescripts, carbons and autograph papers, comprising plays, details of mimes, synopses, poems and numerous articles, frequently annotated, c.500 leaves, rust-stains, browning and spotting

Volumes published at St Dominic's Press:
P[epler], A.E.R. God and the Dragon. 1917, engravings by Eric Gill, 'Library Copy. AD 1919' on upper cover--Woellwarth, M.E. Songs to our Lady of Silence. 1920, title-page engraving [by Desmond Chute]--The Common Carol Book, 1926, unnumbered--Pepler, H. The Three Wise Men. 1929, dust-jacket, some worning to spine--Pepler, H. Saint Dominic. 1929, some splitting at gutter--together with 5 others and three volumes from other presses and other printed ephemera including two penny tracts, proofs, etc.


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Catalogue Note

Harry Douglas Clark ("Hilary") Pepler (1878–1951), the printer, writer and poet, founded The Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic with Eric Gill and Desmond Chute. Skelton notes that 'Pepler's Press, his personality, his talents as publicist and publisher were all-important to Gill's development as an engraver...' (The Engravings of Eric Gill, 1983, p.xix)

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