Illustrated with wood engravings by Paul Nash, David Jones and Eric Gill. At least 500 sets are available with matching numbers from the limitations of 750 and with an advantageous postage rate.
The Four Gospels
Preface by Robert Gibbings
One of the most beautiful and beloved books of the Private Press movement, and a showcase for Eric Gill’s engravings and typeface, The Four Gospels is reproduced as an exquisite new Folio Society edition.
The Golden Cockerel Press created some of the world’s most exquisite handmade limited edition books during its 40-year existence but The Four Gospels was its finest achievement. We have reproduced the rare original for your chance to own an exceptional piece of publishing history.
Bound in blocked cloth
Facsimile of the Golden Cockerel Press 1931 King James text
Gilded page tops
11¾˝ x 8¾˝
A perfect marriage of image and text
One of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Eric Gill had previously collaborated with Press owner Robert Gibbings on several beautiful books when they set about creating an ambitious decorated edition of the four Gospels. The two men worked on the placement of illustrations, then the type was set, leaving space for Gill’s exquisite, dramatic and imaginative wood engravings. The result was one of the greatest achievements in bookmaking; a remarkable marriage of image and text.
‘Eric was the perfect collaborator. He was always ready to accept a suggestion, as he was capable of carrying it to a wonderful fruition’.
- Robert Gibbings, from the preface
Unmatched typography, revered by experts
Experts on type and design have always been united in their praise of Eric Gill’s typefaces. The Golden Cockerel type he designed specifically for the Press features his distinctive cleanliness and elegance but also a certain hand-drawn quality that recalls the pen-work of medieval scribes. The 500 copies from the original printing can be found in pre-eminent institutions and private collections around the world, including the Royal Collection (a copy was purchased by King George V), Boston University’s Silver Collection, the British Library and The Grolier Club.
We were privileged to be granted rare access to some of these copies in order to create our new edition, which perfectly reveals Eric Gill’s typeface and engravings: leaves curl into the space between paragraphs, swords hang down into the margin, and the symbols of the evangelists each hold up the title of their gospel. Bound in cloth decorated with a gold-blocked winged figure, the symbol of St Matthew, the volume is also encased in a blocked slipcase. Gilded page tops and a ribbon marker complete this fine edition.