London: The Hampshire House Workshops, 1915. Gill, Eric. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 28 of the first 200 copies of this edition, designated "proof" copies, duodecimo size, 136 pp., signed by both Eric Gill and Douglas Pepler. Very good. Item #17083308
Eric Gill (1882-1940) and Douglas Pepler (1878-1951) worked together for many years, founding the St Dominic's Press and creating numerous splendid works of art and writing. This collection of essays takes a look at the society of the time, examining the relationships among people, situations of work, and the effects of the Industrial Revolution. Eric Gill provides woodcuts to illustrate the text, several full-page images and several in-text; with a simplistic approach to detail, Gill creates scenes of both acute observation and satire.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter tan cloth with red paper boards, lettering and woodcut by Eric Gill in black on the front board, black lettering on the spine, fore- and bottom edges rough cut, frontispiece a woodcut of a sword with lettering down the blade by Eric Gill, title page with same woodcut as the front board, six full-page woodcuts (including title page) by Gill, others set in-text, (P36 - P44, P46); duodecimo size (7.5" by 5.25"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-viii 1-123 [124-128], one of 200 copies, this number 28, signed by Eric Gill and Douglas Pepler on the limitation page.
___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with clean boards, corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; light rubbing to the paper on the front and back boards, some rubbing to the top edges of the boards, corners are gently bumped, spine slightly cocked and faintly sunned, rear hinge is starting to crack but is still strong, and there is a prior owner name in pen on the front paste-down endpaper with the date of July, 1916.
___CITATION: Gill 259.
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