San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1990. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 450 copies, folio size, 120 pp., with prospectus. Fine / near fine. Item #17063103
This publication from the Book Club of California is an in-depth look at the Golden Cockerel Press edition of "The Four Gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ", printed in 1931; John Dreyfus presents the history and development of this masterful work through numerous facsimiles of documents pertaining to the publication, including sketches and working papers and the original paste-ups for the text.
This volume particularly focuses on the work of printer and typographer Eric Gill (1882-1940), who completed a prodigious amount of work for the Golden Cockerel Press, designing and illustrating fine press editions with his skillful and detailed wood engravings.
___DESCRIPTION: Full beige cloth, illustration in gilt on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, brown endpapers, frontispiece a facsimile of a wood engraving by Eric Gill, title page with illustration of a cockerel in black, facsimiles of wood engravings by Gill, type specimens, and pages from "The Four Gospels", as well as black-and-white photographs, throughout; linotronic Galliard type, Mohawk Superfine paper, folio size (13.25" by 9.5"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xii [xiii-xiv] 1-105 [1 colophon], one of 450 copies, unnumbered. In a glassine wrapper. With the original publisher's prospectus, a single sheet folded once to four pages, folio size, Golden Cockerel publisher's device on the front, sample illustration from the book on page 2, prospectus information on pp. three and four.
___CONDITION: Volume is fine, with clean boards, straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The glassine wrapper is near fine, clean, with a few spots of light wear and one small (one-quarter-inch) closed tear to the top of the rear panel. Prospectus is near fine, clean, with a few shallow creases.
___CITATION: BCC no. 194.
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