Id Quod Visum Placet; A practical test of the beautiful. Eric Gill, Author and Engravings.
Id Quod Visum Placet; A practical test of the beautiful
Id Quod Visum Placet; A practical test of the beautiful
Id Quod Visum Placet; A practical test of the beautiful

Id Quod Visum Placet; A practical test of the beautiful

[Capel-y-ffin, Abergavenny, Wales]: [printed by The Golden Cockerel Press], [1926]. Gill, Eric. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 30 of 150, with prospectus, octavo size, 26 pp., signed by Eric Gill. Near fine. Item #17082109

"Id quod visum placet" is Latin for "that which pleases merely by being seen", a definition of beauty given by Saint Thomas Aquinas, and in this volume English sculptor and printmaker Eric Gill (1882-1940) presents thought-provoking arguments in response to this definition, and explores the objectivity and subjectivity of beauty. Printed by Robert Gibbings at The Golden Cockerel Press, it also includes two full-page copper plate engravings by Gill, one of David (P372), the other Flying Buttresses (P373), presenting classical examples of symmetrical beauty as well as melding Gill's interests in both printmaking and architecture. This book also contains the first appearance of Gill's engraving "S. Thomas' hands", printed on the title page.

___DESCRIPTION: Quarter tan cloth with blue paper boards, white paper label with black lettering on the front board, fore- and bottom edges uncut, unopened signatures, title page with engraving of St. Thomas Aquinas's hands by Eric Gill, engraved black-and-white frontispiece of David holding a slingshot, black-and-white engraving by Gill of flying buttresses facing page 10; Caslon O. F. type, Batchelor handmade paper, octavo size (8" by 4.75"), pagination: [i-vi], [1] 2-19, [1 colophon], one of 150 copies, this number 30, signed by Eric Gill on the colophon. Loosely laid in is the publisher's prospectus with a description of the book printed in black on the front.

___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; some sunning to the top edges of both boards and along rear joint, and a prior owner name written in pencil on the rear paste-down endpaper, else fine. The prospectus is near fine, clean overall with some slight floxing in the margins, without creasing or wear.

___CITATION: Gill no. 11 (not in Chanticleer).

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Price: $750.00

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