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    [Golden Cockerel Press]. [Eric Gill]. The Four Gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ According to the Authorized Version of King James I. With Decorations by Eric Gill. [Waltham Saint Lawrence, Berkshire]: Printed and Published at the Golden Cockerel Press, 1931. First edition. Number 184 of 500 copies on Batchelor handmade paper. Folio. [iv], [1] - [272] pages including the limitation page, complete per Evan Gill's bibliography. Wood-engraved illustrations, decorations and initials by Eric Gill, some full-page.

    Original half white pigskin over buckram with gilt spine titles by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Top edge gilt, others uncut. No slipcase. Moderate rubbing and light abrading to buckram, spine ends, spine bands and corners. Spine somewhat darkened with minor crazing. Minimal offsetting from some interior engravings. Overall, a spectacular copy in near fine condition.

    "Conceived in the fruitful mind of Robert Gibbings, 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" (Chanticleer 78).

    Evan Gill: Eric Gill, A Bibliography. Second edition revised by D. Steven Corey and Julia Mackenzie, pp. 175-178.

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