London: Jonathan Cape [Printed by Walter Lewis at the University Press, Cambridge], 1931. Gill, Eric. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 129 of 160, octavo size, 206 pp., signed by Eric Gill. Near fine. Item #17082110
Clothing has long been an integral part of society, and can be used to reflect diverse religious and cultural identities. In this essay, Eric Gill (1882-1940) discusses the significance of clothes in society and argues for a more egalitarian approach to clothing; for example, Gill advocates the suitability of men's clothing (trousers) for women, as a way to liberate the sexes and create a more equal society.
Gill provides wood engravings for the book, illustrating his concepts and showcasing his masterful rendering of the technique; his illustrations have a slightly satirical slant while evoking the pathos of his arguments.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter brown pigskin with marbled paper boards, gilt rules and lettering on the spine, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges uncut, illustrations include title page device "Woman Dancing" (P712); "Art and Prudence" (P714); "Clothes as Houses" (P715); "Clothes as Workshops" (P716); "Clothes as Churches and Town Halls" (P717); "Clothes for Special Parts" (P718); "The Tyranny of Tailors" (P719); "Nature and Nakedness" (P720); "Trousers" (P21); and a tailpiece of "Trousers and Spats" (P722); octavo (7.5" by 5.25"), pagination: [i-vii] [1-2] 3-196 [197-198] [1 colophon], one of 160 copies, this number 129, signed "Eric G" on the colophon.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some slight rubbing to the bottom edges of the boards and to the corners, a faint stain to the gutter of Contents page, and very slight cracking to the gutter at pages 128 and 129, but hinges are still tight.
___CITATION: Gill 22.
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