London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1934. Gill, Eric. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 197 of 500, octavo size, 16 pp. Near fine. Item #17041003
"The Lord's Song" is a sermon composed by the inimitable Eric Gill (1882-1940); it is a call to reaffirm free will as well as an acknowledgement of sin and spiritual responsibility, in an age dominated by an industrial work force. This volume is the first book in which the Golden Cockerel Press has made use of Eric Gill's Perpetua Roman and Felicity Italic types, and Gill contributes wood engravings to accompany his text, in a combination of spiritual and social criticism.
This copy has a rather remarkable provenance, as evidenced by the prior owners' bookplates to the paste-down endpapers: A. M. (Albert Mayer) Cohn, bibliographer of George Cruikshank, whose bookplate features Cruikshank's "Connoisseurs at a Book Stall," and a Ditchling address label; Evelyn and Lowell Kerr, creators of one of the principal collections of Algernon Charles Swinburne in the U.S.; and the bookseller's ticket of Philip Duschnes, renowned New York bookseller and publisher of "The New Colophon".
___DESCRIPTION: Full white buckram with gilt lettering on the spine and front board, wood engraving of "St. Thomas' Hands" (P382, used on books containing writings by Gill) to title page, plate of "The Lord's Song" (P856) facing page 5; Perpetua Roman and Felicity Italic types, Arnold and Foster's pure rag paper, octavo (9" by 4.5"), pagination: [1-4] 5-15 , one of 500 copies, this number 197.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and the only prior owner markings we see are the bookplates mentioned above; the white buckram has light overall soiling, spine is lightly sunned, and there is slight foxing to front and rear endpapers.
___CITATION: Gill no. 26, Chanticleer 92.
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