Press Release: The Four Gospels

The Four Gospels

Designed and illustrated by
Eric Gill

With a preface by Robert Gibbings

Among his many and varied achievements are the numerous books Eric Gill designed, both type and illustration… The Four Gospels being among the greatest book productions between the Wars’
robin gartin, british printmakers 1855–1955

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. 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. The Folio Society was granted rare access to some of these copies to create this new edition.

One of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Eric Gill had previously collaborated with Press owner Robert Gibbings on several books. They set about creating an ambitious decorated edition of the four gospels which is now recognised as one of the most beautiful books from the Private Press movement. After setting the type, Gill added his dramatic and imaginative wood engravings in what became one of the finest achievements in book design: 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 tops and a ribbon marker complete this desirable edition.

Product information
Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Perpetua. 288 pages. Ribbon marker. Facsimile of the Golden Cockerel Press 1931 King James I text with decorations by Eric Gill. Gilded page tops. Blocked slipcase. 11¾˝ x 8¾˝.

UK £75.00 US $115.00 Can $150.00 Aus $170.00


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